Northrop Grumman will produce WSN-12 Inertial Navigator for U.S. Navy
- September 7, 2018
Northrop Grumman has completed the critical design review (CDR) phase of the US Navy’s WSN-12 inertial sensor module. The company will begin production of ten pre-production units.
The WSN-12 is poised to change into the principle shipboard inertial navigation device for many U.S. combatant vessels and can be put in on all vessels of the DDG, CG, CVN and SSN categories. The device brings new era and progressed accuracy to those platforms.
The Inertial Sensor Module is a number one subsystem of the WSN-12, and comprises the inertial sensors, electromechanical apparatus supporting them and tool to compute the navigation resolution. The shipboard inertial navigation device measures, computes and distributes navigation knowledge to all customers, together with perspective, speed and place data.
“Northrop Grumman has met or exceeded objectives in all aspects of the sensor design and was able to demonstrate performance in the testing of the engineering development models,” said Captain Jon Garcia, NAVSEA IWS6.0.“We are looking forward to successful integration testing this year and receiving the sensor pre-production units next year.”
“Completion of this CDR keeps this program on track to deliver exceptional navigation accuracy to the fleet,” said Todd Leavitt, vice president, maritime systems, Northrop Grumman. “The WSN-12 Inertial Sensor Module provides technology that enables improvements to navigation accuracy and reliability, benefiting all systems that depend upon it.”