UTC Aerospace Systems2009-09-04 19:20:50

AIS delivers 1000th IMU02 and enters high rate production for Excalibur

AIS has delivered its 1000th IMU02 unit. This unit was part of the first high rate production batch (200 per month) for Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) Excalibur precision guided missile system.

The SiIMU02 is in service on a range of programmes including the A Darter, (Air-Air Missile), APKWS - 70mm (2.75 inch) Guided Rocket, and Roketsan, 2.75 inch Guided Rocket. It is also currently under consideration for a number of international programmes.

Stuart Cooper, Business Director Sensors, at Atlantic Inertial commented: "This is a fantastic milestone for AIS. We achieved the first 1000 IMU02 units delivered and we have proven our high rate manufacturing capacity - which is essential as we move forward on the Excalibur programme."

Excalibur 1a tests using the AIS IMU began 10 months ago and have demonstrated one hundred percent reliability and unprecedented accuracy.

In a recent announcement, RMS described firing two precision-guided projectiles from a Paladin gun system during the first guided flight test of the Raytheon Excalibur Ib program and stated that these firings demonstrated accuracy better than required. AIS supplied the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) for these successful tests, which maintained the Company's 100% success record in guided gun firings.

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