My understanding from reading diydrones.com and (many) years ago working for Norden, is that the semiconductor process based gyros are RATE gyros, showing the rate of change of angle. Usually used with systems that are calculating the rotation based on the rate.
In an F4 (which I'm more familiar with) or an F16 there are XYZ attitude measurement mechanical gyros that are used for various calculations like bombing. But when the pilot does a violent maneuver all those gyros "dump" and only after things settle down again is the data from the rate gyro used to reorient the XYand Z gyros.
I worked on the "Gyro Centering Amplifiers" and we found they often failed after a gyro was "dumped" and the (servo) amplifier tried to recenter the gyro. After a bunch of experiments in the White Room at Norden I decided the germanium! diodes used in a reference bridge were being overloaded during the dump, and built 3 amplifiers using NewFangled SILICON diodes. 1N645s. 1960. After a big fight with the original designer who had apparently previously been infallible, all of them were reworked.
But I don't think you asked me THAT :roll_eyes:
I bet some airplane type guys could explain all this...