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

The new US Marines “mega-drone,” sparks a larger conversation about how UAV platform requirements continue to shift. For example, as military operations get more advanced and threats increase in sophistication, subsystems essential to the UAV’s radar such as the microwave power module (MPM) must be up to those challenges. The MUX story highlights a couple … 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

Celebrating the EW Community at AOC

Electronic warfare (EW) has long been a significant part of US military history because of its potential for agility and sophistication during mission-critical operations. In that same spirit, dB Control has consistently been a prime innovator in EW technology, having designed, manufactured and delivered more than 300 MPMs for use in high-power radar systems, electronic … Continued