Honeywell to equip Ajax vehicles with Talin navigation technology


Honeywell has been contracted to equip the British Army's new Ajax armoured fighting vehicles with its navigation technology.

The Talin inertial land navigation technology will enhance mission success in difficult terrain by providing users with a lightweight and highly accurate laser guidance system, Honeywell said in a statement.

This navigation system features three-axis inertial sensors and can be easily installed and mounted on the vehicles.

Weighing less than 6kg, Talin is smaller and lighter than other navigation solutions that are currently available.

Honeywell Aerospace Defense and Space, OEMs senior director Milind Ghanekar said: "Soldiers depend on technologies to provide unparalleled precision aboard their combat vehicles, as do workers using sensor platforms or mining equipment.

"Over 15,000 Honeywell Talin systems are deployed by land, air and sea on more than 60 military and commercial platforms worldwide.

"The British Army's Ajax programme builds on our extensive experience with this highly precise navigation technology."

"The British Army's Ajax programme builds on our extensive experience with this highly precise navigation technology."

According to the company, the technology is built with Honeywell’s high-accuracy ring laser-gyro and accelerometers.

Development of the Ajax vehicles is currently underway, as part of a $5.9bn contract awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems UK in September 2014.

The contract requires General Dynamics to deliver 589 Ajax vehicles to the British Army.

The armoured fighting vehicle will be equipped with acoustic detectors, advanced electronic architecture and a high-performance power pack, as well as situational awareness, laser warning, electronic countermeasure and route-marking systems.


Image: Pre-production prototype of the turreted Ajax variant. Photo: courtesy of Richard Watt.