By Courtney E. Howard
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. - KVH Industries Inc. in Middletown, R.I., won a $1.1 million order for its DSP-3000 fiber-optic gyros (FOGs) from a U.S. military customer. KVH’s compact FOGs will be used for real-time image synchronization and stabilization in military training simulator systems.
“KVH FOGs allow the simulator’s virtual image to correspond exactly to a soldier’s motion by measuring even the slightest movement and relaying this data to the simulator’s computer, thereby helping to create a highly realistic experience for trainees,” explains Jay Napoli, KVH’s director of fiber optic sales. “In addition, the DSP-3000’s versatility and commercial-off-the-shelf design allow us to meet both our customers’ urgent and longer-term needs with equal ease.”
Featuring an all-fiber design and patented digital signal processing (DSP) technology, KVH’s DSP-3000 fiber-optic guidance and sensor systems are used in an array of commercial- and defense-related stabilization, navigation, autonomous vehicle, and precision guidance applications.
For example, two KVH DSP-3000 FOGs are installed in each of the U.S. Army’s new Common Remotely Operated Weapon Stations (CROWS) systems, providing precise stabilization and weapon recoil control, as well as ensuring that the weapon maintains its aim on the target.
In addition, KVH’s TG-6000 FOG-based inertial measurement unit serves as a key component in the guidance system of the U.S. Navy’s MK54 lightweight torpedo.
Due to contractual restrictions, KVH officials will not disclose additional details regarding the customer and the intended application. For more information, contact KVH Industries online at www.kvh.com.