Cassidian has provided ChainHomeHigh with more details regarding its development of a new generation of Transmit/Receive (T/R) modules that the company has designed for Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars.
According to Cassidian, these T/R modules will deliver a high performance, and will be 30 percent cheaper to produce when compared to other T/R modules.
T/R modules provide major enhancements in radar performance by generating the Radio Frequency (RF) energy directly within the antenna, rather than requiring a dedicated separate transmitter. This helps to reduce the size and weight of radars at the same time improving their reliability. Other technical benefits afforded by the modules include a stable power output over one gigahertz and an impressive degree of reliability compared to previous generations of T/R modules.
Cassidian expects to use these T/R modules in a range of applications including the Captor-E AESA radar which the company is helping to develop for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, its Spexer ground-surveillance radar family and also space-based radar surveillance applications.
A Cassidian spokesperson told ChainHomeHigh that the company used its own research and development budget to fund their design, and the company adds that the new modules could be used to retrofit existing AESA systems that a customer may have depending on their requirements.