Northrop Grumman has expanded its product range with a new two-axis rate sensor for military applications.

The company has completed the delivery of the first production unit of the new LRS-2003 digital rate sensor.

Northrop's LRS-2003 is said to be the smallest tactical-grade, two-axis, digital rate sensor currently available.

It can be integrated with electro-optical / infrared cameras, remote weapon and radar stations, and missile, torpedo and ground vehicle applications.

"Northrop Grumman’s rate sensor technology enables reliability and performance for sophisticated weapons systems."

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems navigation and positioning systems vice-president Dean Ebert said: “Northrop Grumman’s rate sensor technology enables reliability and performance for sophisticated weapons systems in the most challenging environments — from underground drilling to the wingtips of the world’s most advanced fighters.

“As our newest entry into the rate sensor market, the LRS 2003 expands the value of our product portfolio by offering the high performance that our customers rely on in a smaller, more affordable package.”

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The LRS-2003 is said to offer angle random walk (ARW) for greater accuracy when providing high-rate digital angular rate measurements.

ARW is a measure of the white noise component within the gyro’s angular rate output signal and is an indicator of the gyro’s short-term accuracy, Northrop said in a statement.

The LRS-2003 will be first used to stabilise a mast-mounted sensor suite for a ground vehicle.

Image: Northrop Grumman’s new LRS-2003 two-axis rate sensor offers considerable size, weight and power consumption advantages at an affordable price. Photo: courtesy of Northrop Grumman.