Navy Adds Drone Ships to Tactical Network

Reliability, SWaP Top Requirements for New Unmanned Surface Vessels Last week, Defense News reported that a fleet of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) are under development by the US Navy. The reason? The force needs “to be ready for a future where unmanned surface vessels can serve as sensors and shooters in a distributed network of … Continued

New Video: Millimeter-Wave Overview

by Mike Lee, Director of Sales & Marketing Recently, a headline popped up on my news feed: “Millimeter Wave Technology Market share will Increase US $2.5 Billion by 2024.” My colleagues and I weren’t surprised that the millimeter-wave market is on an upward trend. In fact, we’ve stayed ahead of the curve. There will always … Continued

New MQ-9 Reaper Capability: Automated Landing & Take-Off

In an impressive move last month, the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) added a new capability to its growing list: the aircraft successfully took off and landed automatically. This new automated feature will help expand the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) mission capability, enhance combat effectiveness and increase flexibility. “Adding this level of automation will … Continued

How One Military Plane Fights California Wildfires

MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Helps First Responders Make Tactical Decisions As the Carr and Mendocino wildfires raged this summer, the California Air National Guard used the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to capture bird’s eye images and videos of the damage. The footage helped the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection … Continued

Army’s Multi-Domain Battle Means Electronic Warfare Collaboration Starts with Defense Manufacturers

Recently, the US Army asked experts in the defense industry for information on the most innovative, reliable electronic warfare (EW) technologies as part of the Multi-Domain Electronic Warfare Capabilities (MDEWC) Project and Multi-Domain Battle (MDB) Concept. These initiatives are centered around identifying and filling any technology gaps in US EW capabilities – and doing so … Continued

Marines “Mega Drone” Illustrates Need for High-Efficiency Microwave Power Modules

A recent Military article revealed details about the US Marines’ “mega-drone,” an impressive Group 5 aircraft (the largest class of military UAV) that can carry the same payload as an F-35B and fly a radius of up to 700 nautical miles at 30,000 feet. This Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System-Expeditionary (or MUX, for short) also will be able to … Continued

How Harmonic Injection Doubles Ultra-Wideband TWT RF Output

Wideband traveling wave tubes (TWTs) can fall short of an application’s power requirements due to low gain and low RF output power at the lowest frequencies. For example, an ultra-wideband TWT may have 60 dB gain at its mid-band frequencies, but only 10-20 dB at the low end. Fortunately, harmonic injection can be used to … Continued

How Defense Subcontractors Can Meet AS9100 Requirements

The construction and maintenance of aircraft involves a variety of products. These products – along with parts and supporting equipment/subsystems – are designed and manufactured by dozens of companies with different specialties. One thing all of these suppliers must have in common is a concern for quality and compliance. Manufacturers supplying the aerospace industry face … Continued

How to Improve Spurious Levels in Pulsed RF Amplifiers

Many modern applications like radar and electronic warfare (EW) need pulsed RF amplifiers.The accuracy of these systems relies on the fidelity of the pulsed RF signal. Think about it this way: a pulsed RF amplifier should behave as closely to an ideal amplifier as possible. Any signal found at the output of an amplifier that … Continued

What’s Better – TWTAs or SSPAs?

By Mike Lee, Director of Sales and Marketing The short answer is: it depends on the application. Traveling wave tube amplifiers sometimes catch a lot of flak because they’re considered “old technology.” Although they’ve been around a while, TWTAs with new innovations are still relatively unmatched in power and are still preferred for use in … Continued