(Middletown, R.I., December 16, 2009) -- KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) announced today that it has received a new $6.4 million order for its fiber optic gyro (FOG)-based TG-6000 inertial measurement unit (IMU) for use in the U.S. Navy's MK54 torpedoes. Shipments for this order are expected to begin during the first half of 2010 and continue into 2011.
The KVH TG-6000 IMU precisely measures both rate and acceleration in three axes, critical for the navigation of a torpedo or other platforms. The IMU employs a three-axis configuration of KVH's FOGs, which offer an all-fiber design and patented Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for high reliability, superior accuracy and performance, and exceptional vibration, shock, and acceleration survivability. In addition to the FOGs, the TG-6000 includes three accelerometers. Together, the integrated IMU provides outstanding performance, high reliability, low maintenance, and easy system integration ideal for use in a wide range of applications, including manned and unmanned vehicle navigation and guidance systems for aerial and underwater vehicles. The TG-6000 is also an outstanding sensor suite for the most demanding stabilization and pointing applications.
"The integration of the KVH TG-6000 within the MK54 torpedo clearly validates the precision, performance, robust design, and value offered by our fiber optic gyro technology and our inertial measurement units in particular," says Jay Napoli, vice president for FOG and OEM sales at KVH. "We are honored that the TG-6000 is a part of the technology that the U.S. Navy uses to complete missions and protect the United States and its allies around the world."
The MK54 lightweight torpedo is the next-generation Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) weapon. It is deployed from surface ships, helicopters, and fixed-wing aircraft to track, classify, and attack underwater targets. It is currently fielded by all U.S. Navy surface and air ASW platforms as well as 25 foreign navies.
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