PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 27 March 2011.Navigation and guidanceavionics designers at the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis needed ring laser gyros for the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F jet fighter-bombers and the and EA-18G electronic warfare aircraft. They found their solution from Honeywell Aerospace in Clearwater, Fla.
Officials of the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., are awarding a $10.6 million contract to Boeing, which in turn is looking to Honeywell Aerospace, to provide 714 Honeywell model GG1320 ring laser gyros for the two models of the Navy F/A-18 fighter-bomber.
The contract also calls for Boeing and Honeywell to provide 27 GG1320 ring laser gyros as spare parts for the government of Australia. Naval Air Systems Command announced the contract to Boeing for the Honeywell ring laser gyros on Friday.
The Honeywell GG1320 digital gyro is a self-contained inertial measurement unit sensor with a three-axis inertial sensor containing three digital gyros and three accelerometers. The assembly weighs less than six pounds, occupies less than 90 cubic inches, and consumes less than eight Watts of power, Honeywell officials say.
Boeing and Honeywell will do the work on this contract in Clearwater, Fla., and St. Louis, and should be finished by April 2013.