Military Embedded Systems

New Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) for commercial applications released by Northrop Grumman


June 29, 2015

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. Northrop Grumman engineers released a new, dual-use tactical grade inertial measurement unit (IMU), which is specially designed for the commercial market.

The compact, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) LN-200C is a six-degrees-of-freedom IMU that may be used for a range of applications, such as instrument stabilization, motion compensation and navigation in commercial, aerospace, and industrial applications. the LN-200C IMU, based on fiber-optic gyro (FOG) technology, has a hermetic seal and lack of moving parts help to enable low noise and extended operational life.

Export of the commercial-off-the-shelf LN-200C will be administered through the Department of Commerce (DoC) under its Export Administration Regulations (EAR) per a commodity jurisdiction ruling from the U.S. Department of State (DoS).

The new unit evolved from Northrop Grumman's LN-200 FOG IMU and has the same electro-mechanical interface and form factor as the prior model. The LN-200C can serve as a drop-in replacement for applications that do not require the LN-200's full operational range and that can benefit from the expedited licensing and of the LN-200C.


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