MBDA, UTC Aerospace Systems Partner for Missile Guidance Project; Steve Wadey Comments

PAC-3 Erint MissileMBDA and UTC Aerospace Systems have begun to jointly develop a fresh missile guidance and control program intended to help meet MBDA's performance requirements.

The inertial measurement unit development initiative under MBDA's current complex weapons portfolio focuses on a missile system's Value for Money through Modularity and Reuse approach, MBDA said Tuesday.

MBDA and UTC aim for the new IMU to work with an existing UTC Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems-based IMU in order to expand its application to multiple programs and allow system upgrades for different performance requirements.

Steve Wadey, MBDA executive group director technical and managing director for UK, said the company wants to enhance its working relationship with suppliers and apply commercial and military off the shelf products to their systems to achieve its goals.

Current IMUs are based on various technologies, including fiber-optic, and UTC Aerospace Systems intends to leverage its MEMS sensor technology investment in designing the missile guide and control.

Kevin Pindard, managing director at UTC Aerospace Systems, added that the company aims to develop new IMUs for civil and defense aerospace customers.

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