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

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Who Will Buy UAV Technology in Ten Years?

Because of the successful use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for worldwide defense applications, their international demand for UAVs has significantly increased and is expected to rise throughout the next decade. The Teal Corporation, an Aerospace and Defense market research company, recently published a ten-year market forecast for UAV potential in both the national and … Continued

Predicting Future Growth in the Electronic Warfare Market

Fast forward to the year 2020. What does the electronic warfare (EW) market look like? MarketsandMarkets, a global market research company, asked the same question. In December 2013 it published an Electronic Warfare Forecast providing an analysis of the global EW market over the next six years. Here are some key takeaways from the article: … Continued

UAVs Used for Disaster Relief Efforts

Spend any time in the dB Control offices, and you’re bound to hear about the many practical, life-saving applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In fact, we commend our customer, Northrop Grumman, on their relief efforts overseas. When Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines late last year, Northrop Grumman used its Global Hawk Block 30 UAV … Continued