« Previous Next »

Servo Amp Circuit Module

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C1143
Category: Unknown
Object Type: Module/Sub-Assembly/Component
Object Name: Servo Amp Circuit Module
Part No: 6JA/6205191
Serial No: 194
Manufacturer: Unknown
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): Jaguar
Year of Manufacture: circa 1970
Dimensions:
Width (mm):
120 
Height (mm):
90 
Depth (mm):
30 
Weight (g):
195 
Location: Rack RAA03 [Main Store]
Inscription(s):

E/W, F/S, Servo Amp
Ref. No. 6JA/6205191
DL 75D22750
Issue 11
Ser. No. 194
----------------------------------
HEATSINK ASSEMBLY:
Drg. No. 75D22758 Iss. No 2
Ser No 202
MRB 275/547

Notes:

This Circuit Module is the Servo Amplifier from the E3R Platform

In 1967 Elliotts had been awarded a major contract for the design, development and integration of a Navigation and Weapon Aiming Sub-System (NAVWASS) for the RAF's new Jaguar aircraft.

The Jaguar was designed as a close air support aircraft for supporting ground troops in daylight. The NAVWASS enabled the pilot to navigate and fly at low level and high speed to acquire and accurately attack targets. Trials of the prototype Jaguar system were carried out using a Varsity aircraft at West Malling airfield in Kent

 

The Jaguar NAV/WASS  sub-system comprises four principal groups of equipment. The sensors, which measure what the aircraft is doing and feed these measurements into the computer; the computer sub-system which processes this measured information into a form which can be used by the pilot; the cockpit controls which control the system's mode of operation and lastly, the cockpit displays which show to the pilot the computer's outputs of converted measurement information and also information, such as target or waypoint position, which is being input into the computer. The system included an E3R inertial platform, Digital Computer, a HUD, Projected Map Display, Horizontal Situation Indicator and various cockpit control panels.

This Projected Map system predates the modern digital systems and uses 35mm film as the data store. The film is stored on spools mounted in a moveable carriage. A tungsten halogen lamp provides the light source to project the map image via an optical system on to a ground glass screen. A fresnel lens covering the screen gives even illumination and intensifies the image in the pilot’s field of view. The film strip is driven between the two spools at a rate proportional to the Easterly ground speed while the carriage holding the spools is driven in a perpendicular direction proportional to the Northerly ground speed. The map can be presented as North or Track oriented. The screen can be rotated and has a track arrow. The aircraft’s present position, track and track to the next waypoint can be presented. A film can cover an area of about 750 by 750 nautical miles with a Scale change for 1:250 000 or 1: 500 000. The PMD was used in the Jaguar Navigation and Weapon Aiming Sub-System NAVWASS. The Marconi Avionics system was replaced with TIALD from 1995

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. A project to develop a new platform was commenced in the Company Research Laboratory, FARL, where fortuitously the majority of the small team of engineers had been in the Inertial Navigation Division including the Chief Engineer 'Dick' Collinson and the Chief Designer 'Staff' Ellis. FARL produced the E3 stable platform, using a novel gimbal system which permitted a very compact construction.  A trial of this platform was madse in early 1963 at Cranfield with the E3 Platform mounted under the canopy of a Gloster Javaelin. This design entered production for the Hawker Siddeley Aviation HS801 'Nimrod' maritime strike and reconnaissance aircraft and between 1964 and 1970 over 100 platforms were delivered.

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 E3-R had a fourth gimbal and incorporated continuous rotation of the two vertical gyros and horizontal accelerometers to achieve 'rotaional averaging' giving greatly increased accuracy.

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.

The main unit of the inertial subsystem is the platform assembly which contains a stabilized inertial platform or stable element, the basic attitude reference for the system. The chief function of the platform is to provide a means of accurately locating the gyros and accelerometers and to maintain their orientation fixed to the local vertical and to true north regardless of anv aircraft motion. The electronic control amplifier contains the electronic amplifiers and special excitation sources required for alignment and operation of the inertial platform. These include the gimbal servo amplifiers and the gyro spin motor power supply.

 

Click to enlarge Click to enlarge