Northrop Grumman has received a contract to deliver 88 inertial measurement units (IMU) for tranche 3A of the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet.

Under the contract awarded by EADS Defence & Security, Northrop’s German navigation systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF, will manufacture the IMUs.

The IMUs, which provide motion data for the aircraft, will be developed as part of the flight control system of the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

Equipped with highly accurate inertial sensors and built-in redundancy, the IMUs will measure aircraft motion and continuously provide motion data to the flight control computer.

The closed control loop stabilisation system of the IMU will enable the aircraft to perform with extreme agility and maintain a high degree of manoeuvrability.

The IMU will provide backup navigation data as part of its secondary function.