Goodrich, an international manufacturer of systems and services to defense, homeland security and aerospace markets, will be producing more than 1,000 units of SiIMU02 inertial measurement units (IMU) for Thales in Belfast, to be used as the basic inertial sensor on the new Lightweight Multi-role Missile (LMM) manufactured by Thales.
Sensors and Integrated Systems team of Goodrich based in Plymouth, UK will be handling the order. The order was placed by Thales after several successful trials where the SiIMU02 proved to be reliable, tough and consistent in performance. The production order is set to be completed by late 2013.
The SiIMU02 is a compact, lightweight and flexible sensor unit that provides very precise motion sensing. The IMUs utilize MEMS (micro electro-mechanical systems technology) and are designed to provide guidance across a broad spectrum of rockets and missiles. The size and technology enable buyers of Goodrich’s IMUs to manufacture smaller and smarter weapons providing maximum delivery accuracy.
Business development head of Goodrich's Sensors and Integrated Systems, Alan Hull stated that Thales’ SiIMU02 production order reaffirms how the quality and unique design of its units provide high performance even in the most severe environments. Hull assures that Goodrich will extend its support as the SiIMU02 is integrated into UK’s naval, land and air forces. The first application of the unit will be in the AW159 Wildcat helicopter of UK’s Royal Navy.