LINAPS Artillery Pointing System is a revolutionary self-contained gun mounted navigation, pointing and weapon management system for all artillery and mortar platforms, which is now in full service with the UK, Canada, UAE, Oman, South Africa, Malaysia and Thailand.
It has been successfully deployed on operations in the Gulf and Afghanistan with the British and Canadian Army’s. LINAPS enables rapid and accurate artillery deployment in all weather conditions both day and night.
Navigation and pointing information for LINAPS is provided by the FIN3120L INU. The INU is a rugged, unjammable navigation system based on strap-down Ring Laser Gyro technology specifically designed for artillery applications. It provides a hybrid navigation solution combining data from other sensors such as GPS and the vehicle odometer in a Kalman Filter to provide a continuous and precise navigation solution.
Whilst the INU uses GPS in its main navigation mode, it is capable of providing accurate back-up navigation using odometer data, should GPS be unavailable. A military grade P(Y) Code GPS with antenna built into the cover of the FIN3120L is offered as standard for approved users.
An optional C/A code version is also available. FIN 3120 also generates accurate angular information - elevation, roll and azimuth. The capability to withstand high levels of gun fire shock has been designed into the equipment. FIN 3120 has been demonstrated at levels of gunfire shock in excess of 300g peak.
LINAPS is powered from a gun-mounted Battery Power Module (BPM) based on lithium ion technology with a capacity of 115 amp hours. A single fully charged BPM is able to power LINAPS for in excess of 24 hours continuous operation. The BPM incorporates an integral DC charger, providing 20A charging capability with a charge time of 7 hours. Accurate indications of BPM status is provided both on a 5 LED display and on the GLU.
The GLU forms the heart of LINAPS. It is a highly capable product combining a touch-sensitive sunlight readable display that provides the man-machine interface for the control and display facilities of the GMS. Its powerful processor enables fire control and ballistic calculations to be carried out as well as the capability to interface with other additional sensors and equipment.
This provides a navigation and fire control system with minimal hardware content and provides a unique single box solution for managing key management functions:
The DCDT is a ruggedized, portable, tablet-style computer configured with Windows® XP Professional operating system mounted in the cab of the GTV or on a tripod at the gun.
Main features of the DCDT are: