NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Army land vehicle navigation and guidance experts needed combination satellite- and inertial navigation systems for a variety of armored combat vehicles. They found their solution from Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix.
Officials of the Army Contracting Command in Newark, N.J., announced a $49.9 million contract to Honeywell last week for the company's eTALIN II 6000 inertial navigation units, which combine Global Positioning System (GPS), ring laser gyro inertial navigation system (INS), and accelerometers to help military land vehicles navigate in difficult and sometimes GPS-denied conditions.
The eTALIN II 6000 combines Honeywell’s next-generation ring laser gyro technology with accelerometers and embedded GPS receiver for off-road land navigation in the most demanding military and commercial environments without the need for secondary shock isolation.
The system offers plug and play functionality across several different combat vehicles, and is auto-configuration adaptable. It aligns while stationary or on the move, and offers several accuracy configurations for different applications.
The eTALIN II 6000 can be hard-mounted in any orientation; offers mean time between failures of more than 50,000 hours, consumes 18 to 36 volts of DC power; and operates in temperatures from -46 to 71 degrees Celsius with no cooling.
The system has three standard internal navigation sensors: 3-axis inertial sensors; PPS MPE-S or SPS Polaris Link GPS receiver; and optional external VMS system. It also offers modular software that is partitioned to support different missions.
The system is field-upgradable, weighs 16 pounds, offers standard 10/100 Ethernet and optional RS-422/RS-232 interfaces, and measures 5.6 by 7.1 by 10.3 inches.
On this contract Honeywell will do the work at locations to be determined with each order, and should be finished by august 2028. For more information contact Honeywell Aerospace online at https://aerospace.honeywell.com, or the Army Contracting Command-New Jersey at https://acc.army.mil/contractingcenters/acc-nj/.