Replacing a mechanical seeker gyro with a MEMS replacment
Replacing a legacy mechanical seeker gyro with a MEMS solution
A decision was made by the customer to replace a legacy seeker gyro (designed and manufactured by Condor as well) with a MEMS replacement. The challenge was implementing a full new design with MEMS gyroscopes without changing anything in the system. The performance should be identical. A date for live fire test was scheduled.
A full team of engineers was dedicated solely to this project. A new system incorporating 3 MEMS gyroscopes with a full acoustic isolation, mimicking the output of the mechanical gyro, was designed. An embedded software for calibrating the system was written, with a special test equipment for supporting the process.
6 months from initial specification, more than 7 missiles were fired in different scenarios with full success.