Designed for harsh environments that include magnetic, dynamic, and temperature fluctuations as well as high shock and humidity, our inertial sensors and acoustic sensors deliver exacting performance. Our knowledgeable engineering team and decades of experience ensure our portfolio of inertial sensors perform in your application.


Laser Targeting


In situations where precision is an absolute must, Sparton delivers the inertial sensors that can be trusted time and time again. Our products have been built to improve on today’s product standards with even greater performance than is required for tomorrow’s laser targeting systems.

Satellite Communications


Panning the sky in search for satellite signals takes on a whole new meaning in urgent conditions when time is of the essence. Getting your connections established in short order requires absolute accuracy—accuracy that can only be delivered by Sparton’s inertial sensor systems.

Unmanned Vehicles


Unmanned vehicles continue to impress with rapid advances in technology that make these vehicles suitable for military and commercial use. The inertial sensor is a critical component for unmanned operation success, and Sparton is lock step in the rapid development of sensor system technologies for air, sea and ground.

Industrial Applications


Exploring the vast ocean floor for oil and gas opportunities is a daunting task. Sparton’s inertial sensor product offerings help produce the critical accuracy needed to survey, collect and analyze the sea floor to mine these natural resources.

Featured Inertial Sensors

Laser Targeting, Oil and Gas Exploration, Oceanography and more. Whatever your application, our inertial sensor systems can meet your most demanding needs.


Harsh environmental conditions, extreme magnetic interference, mechanical shock and transient platform vibrations all contribute to the challenge of high accuracy inertial sensing and platform attitude reporting. Sparton IMU-10 inertial sensing system thrives in such environments and provides end-users with a reliable high-performance, high-accuracy 10DOF inertial sensing package in a ruggedized enclosure.


Fully temperature compensated, the AHRS-8 is individually calibrated for industry-leading heading accuracy. Our AdaptNav II™ algorithm provides accurate in-field calibration, while the NorthTek™ Development System makes it the world’s only fully programmable inertial system.

Case Studies and White Papers

Based on our years of experience, our library of case studies and white papers are a good source for inspiration and examples.

SWaP-C and Why Your Component Partner Matters

How can you get maximum SWaP-C benefit with minimal fuss? By choosing the right contract manufacturer. Read our white paper to learn why SWaP-C matters, the challenges involved, and techniques for ensuring that you choose the right partner for your project. Get “SWaP-C and Why Your Component Partner Matters” now.

Embry-Riddle Creates Acoustic System For Maritime RobotX Challenge using Sparton NavEx

ERAU recommends the Sparton PHOD-1 hydrophone for underwater acoustic measurements based on its high quality acoustic output.

Application, Integration and Operational Guidelines for MEMS-Based Inertial Systems that include Magnetometers

A high performance inertial system that includes magnetometers can provide accurate platform heading information in a variety of applications and operational environments.


Read about our engineers’ latest ideas and breakthroughs for the world of inertial sensors.

Sparton AHRS Wins Again

Sparton Corporation was recently selected by another major government contractor to be the inertial system supplier for their navigation system. During the selection process, the contractor performed extensive testing of multiple MEMS-based (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) AHRS (Attitude Heading Reference Systems). The Sparton AHRS-8 system achieved the design win, having distinguished itself from the competition by demonstrating […]

What is an IMU?

An Inertial Measurement Unit, commonly known as an IMU, is an electronic device that measures and reports orientation, velocity, and gravitational forces through the use of accelerometers and gyroscopes and often magnetometers. IMUs are a main component of the inertial navigation systems used in aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other unmanned systems, as well […]

What is an AHRS?

An Attitude Heading and Reference System, better known as an AHRS, is a 3-axis sensor system that provides real-time 3D attitude position – pitch, roll, and heading. The primary function then of an AHRS is to provide orientation data. AHRS are designed to replace traditional gyro-based instruments and to provide superior reliability and accuracy. Some […]

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