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Guided Missile Antenna Manufacturing

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OBJECTIVE

Develop and demonstrate cost effective, repeatable manufacturing technology and processes that can be utilized for conformal missile antennas, including transmit, receive, and datalink.

HOW IT'S ACCOMPLISHED

• Developing new processes that use the latest flexible circuit manufacturing techniques which Increase the mechanical strength of antennas and retain their flexibility simultaneously
• Addressing new chemical etching and lay-up processes, reduction in wrap phases and automated riveting and venting manufacturing
• Completing antenna tests for government owned miniature in-fin antenna
• Injecting mold antenna substrate directly into missile nosecones
• Evaluating polishing of magnesium fluoride resonators
• Automating alignment for antenna frequency enhancement

ACHIEVEMENTS

• Creation and Implementation of new processes using the latest flexible circuit manufacturing techniques which increase mechanical strength and retain flexibility simultaneously
• Development of new chemical etching and lay-up processes
• Reduction in material wrap/build phases
• Automated riveting and venting manufacturing for use in many antenna applications

BENEFITS

• Increased yield rates by 25%
• Elimination of autoclave processes
• Decrease In labor time, wasted material and life cycle costs (Average Unit Production costs)
• Transition to PM Cruise Missile Defense Systems with Engineering and Manufacturing Development late in 2014

 

 

POC: Army ManTech Manager, U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM), Aviation Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), Manufacturing Science & Technology Division, ATTN: AMSRD-AMR-SE-MT, 5400 Fowler Road, Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898-5000

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