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History of the Sperry 1412 Computer and its Applications

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Sperry Gyroscope 1412 series computers played a central role in a number of important military systems during the period 1970 to 2002. Those projects were the Exocet MM38 pre-launch fire control system for the British and French Navy, the Sea Archer gunnery system for British Type 23 frigates, and project Chevaline. Chevaline was a secret British upgrade to American Polaris Nuclear missiles, giving them the ability to evade anti-ballistic missile defences around Moscow..

The computer’s design was first postulated at Sperry Gyroscope’s Bracknell R & D department in 1967. The first prototypes appeared in 1969. Its applications were initially thought to be in the aerospace industry where a fast, general-purpose digital computer of shoe-box dimensions and low weight would appeal to system designers. In fact, the majority of applications were in Naval systems.

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Flight International Magazine 10th July 1975 Page 41

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