The gyrocompasses are being installed aboard the Royal Navy’s fleet of P2000 Archer class patrol boats to replace earlier models of the company’s S G Brown gyros.
FWS IPT, the MoD department responsible for providing in-service engineering and material support for naval communications, navigation and radar equipment, placed the order, which included the supply of remote control repeater units and the development and manufacture of separate solid-state re-transmission units. These enable the new Meridian gyros to integrate with the boats’ existing M-type electronic systems so they can be used by components such as radar, autopilot and electronic charting.
The Meridian gyro is fully approved to IMO standards, which make it suitable for use aboard ships of any size. According to TSS, is particularly suited to smaller vessels such as the P2000 boats due to its compact dimensions and reliable performance and durability in extreme sea conditions.
The Meridian usesa dynamically tuned gyrosphere, which the company says reduces its maintenance requirements and costs. The gyrosphere gives the compass the fast settle time of 45 minutes and the ability to follow rates of turn as rapid as 200 degrees per second. The Meridian features a 360 degree compass card display, and the digital remote control unit allows the Royal Navy to install the gyro in the most convenient location while positioning the remote control unit where it can be seen and used most easily.