Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been awarded a multi-year contract for delivery of its TAMAM modular azimuth position system (TMAPS) navigation system to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
Awarded by the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD), the $40m contract covers supply of TMAPS navigation system for installation on the IDF's M109 Paladin self propelled howitzers.
Commenting about the system, IAI TAMAM Division acting general manager David Dina said the TMAPS forms a part of TAMAM's advanced line of successful land navigation systems.
Jointly manufactured by TAMAM and Litton Guidance and Control Systems, the TMAPS is a self-contained hybrid land navigation system designed to provide autonomous position initialisation and moving base alignment for land and amphibious vehicles in the battlefield.
Based on TAMAM's ring laser gyro (RLG) and accelerometer technology, the cost-efficient system is suitable for installation on a wide range of platforms, such as self-propelled guns, towed guns, artillery radars, rocket launchers, mortars, observation vehicles and other vehicles types depending on combat requirements.
The system is capable of operating in GPS-disturbed or jammed battlefield scenarios and providing ground forces with a persistent capability to determine precise position and direction for wheeled and armoured vehicles in all weather conditions without the requirement for battlefield survey.
IDF currently uses M-109A5 self propelled howitzer, which is an upgraded version of the M109 Paladin 155mm howitzer, featuring a 155mm M284 cannon and enhanced operational range of 23,500m with unassisted projectiles and 30,000m with rocket assisted projectiles.Information regarding the number of units ordered and the delivery schedule remain undisclosed.
Image: The TAMAM modular azimuth position system will be installed on IDF's M109 self-propelled guns. Photo: Copyright © 2002. Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.