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Royal Navy P2000 Archer Patrol Boats get new TSS Gyros


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Teledyne TSS (International) Ltd.
: 12 September, 2007  (Application Story)
TSS (International) Ltd, Watford, UK, has completed the delivery of 21 of its latest high performance S G Brown Meridian gyrocompasses to the Royal Navy.
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. The order was placed by, FWS IPT, (the MoD department responsible for providing in service engineering and materiel support for naval communications, navigation and radar equipment.) It also 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. It is, however, proving particularly attractive to operators of smaller vessels such as the P2000 boats due to its compact dimensions and exceptional performance and durability in extreme sea conditions. The Meridian employs a dynamically tuned gyrosphere, which benefits the user by significantly reducing its maintenance requirements and costs. The gyrosphere gives the compass the very fast settle time of 45 minutes and the ability to follow rates of turn as rapid as 200 deg per second. The Meridian features a 360 deg compass card display while the digital remote control unit has given the Royal Navy the freedom to install the gyro in the most convenient location while positioning the remote control unit where it can be seen and used most easily.

The Meridian gyro-compass measures just 344 mm x 267 mm x 440 mm and although suitable for any type of commercial vessel, it is considered particularly appropriate for use within the integrated bridge of high speed craft or as a stand alone unit for a GMDSS system. It offers a large array of digital or analogue outputs plus a number of digital set-up and test modes that are activated via the control unit.
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