KVH Launches TACNAV 3D Inertial Nav System with Embedded GPS/GNSS

June 16, 2014  - By


KVH Industries has introduced TACNAV 3D, a highly accurate inertial navigation system designed for battlefield vehicles, at Eurosatory 2014, an international defense and security industry trade show in Paris, France.

The TACNAV 3D system is the latest product in KVH’s TACNAV line of tactical navigation systems, and will be on display in the KVH booth (Stand J531, Hall 6) at Eurosatory through June 20.

The fiber-optic gyro-based TACNAV 3D inertial navigation system provides full three-dimensional navigation and an embedded GNSS. Its modular tactical design and flexible architecture allow it to function as either a standalone inertial navigation solution or as the core of an expandable, multi-functional battlefield management system. It is designed to provide navigation for light armored vehicles, both wheeled and tracked, medium and heavy combat vehicles, and main battle tanks.

The TACNAV 3D system is fitted with an Iridium transceiver to transmit and receive vehicle position, waypoint, and target location to or from a command center or other vehicles, and can receive messages from the battlefield management system to pass on to the command center via the Iridium short duration burst message function. TACNAV 3D can also receive and transmit Ethernet and CANbus signals, and RS-422.

“For military vehicles operating on the modern digital battlefield, this completely modular package is a vital component for effective battlefield management,” said Dan Conway, KVH executive vice president for Guidance & Stabilization sales. “It is affordable, lightweight, and easy to integrate with any number of existing vehicles, both turreted and non-turreted. With a built-in communications option, TACNAV 3D is designed for short duration burst messaging, which can make a life or death difference to a soldier.”

TACNAV 3D builds upon the success of KVH’s TACNAV family of products, and incorporates the 1750 IMU, which combines 3 axes of KVH’s compact high accuracy DSP-1750 fiber optic gyro (FOG), with three axes of high-performance MEMS accelerometers. The TACNAV 3D system is designed to provide extremely accurate heading, dead reckoning, navigation, orientation, and 100% situational awareness in GNSS-denied environments.

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