Inertial Platform

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0081
Category: Navigation/Inertial
Object Type: Sensor/Transducer
Object Name: Inertial Platform
Part No: X 17104
Serial No: 001
Manufacturer: Elliott Bros
Division: Inertial Navigation [IND]
Platform(s): Canberra 
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Dimensions:
Width (mm):
310 
Height (mm):
210 
Depth (mm):
240 
Weight (g):
23,600 
Location: Archive Object Store
Inscription(s):

E.3P Stable Platform

Notes:

In an attempt to make use of the experience gained in the 1960’s designing the inertial navigator for the ‘Blue Steel' air-to-surface missile the Company embarked on the development of a general-purpose instrument for aircraft navigation, and an experimental stable platform, E5 was built. This project was not completed, as it was realised that the platform was likely to be too bulky for many applications, and improvements in technique appeared to offer scope for a reduction in size. This was realised in the E3 stable platform, using a novel gimbal system which permitted a very compact construction. This design entered production for the Hawker Siddeley Aviation HS801 'Nimrod' maritime strike and reconnaissance aircraft. However a further development of the E-3 platform, the E-3R which permitted a wider range of manoeuvre, was specified for the BAC/Breguet 'Jaguar' fighter, and entered service in 1970 rapidly becoming an industry standard.
The Jaguar Navigation and Weapon Aiming Sub-System NAVWASS comprised the MCS920M central digital computer, E3R inertial platform, projected map display and horizontal situation indicator together with the necessary power supply, electronic, interface and control units.
A further development of the E3R Platform was a simplified version to be fitted in the wingtip pod of a Canberra electronic intelligence gathering aircraft. Only one of these E3P systems was delivered for experimental purposes shown by the Part Number X17104.

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