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Raytheon Anschutz launches new gyro compass

Raytheon Anschutz launches new gyro compass
Germany’s navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschutz has announced the launch of a new gyro compass, Standard 30 MF, the latest of the company’s Standard series compasses.

The announcement came ahead of Raytheon’s participation (Hall B6, Stand 304) at this year’s SMM 2016 show in Hamburg, Germany from 5-9 September.

Standard 30 MF is the second generation of maintenance-free gyro compasses from Raytheon, offering highly accurate heading, rate-of-turn, roll and pitch information.

The new gyro features an ultra-robust design and offers superior lifetime performance and effectiveness. Among its features, Standard 30 MF settles at rough seas and provides heading output even if speed and latitude input fails.

Like its predecessor Horizon MF, the Standard 30 MF is based on hemispherical resonator gyro (HRGs) technology which has proven its reliability and accuracy in more than 100 installations aboard a ship. HRGs are vibrating resonator gyros consisting of only few elementary pieces, assembled in a miniature hemisphere uncoupled from the outside.

Together with the simple design, this makes it extremely reliable with no wear and tear and no need for maintenance. Consequently, the mean time between failures (MTBF) of Standard 30 MF is more than 100,000 hours, which is significantly greater than the MTBF values of optical gyros.