Air Force aircraft technicians choose Ophir RF to provide RF amplifier support equipment

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 9 April 2014. U.S. Air Force aircraft maintenance technicians needed radio frequency (RF) amplifiers to support test & measurement equipment used for troubleshooting electronic faults in aircraft. They found their solution from Ophir RF in Los Angeles.

Officials of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., awarded a $1 million contract to Ophir RF on Friday for five of the company's 5150F RF amplifiers, with options for four more pieces of RF and microwave equipment, in support of support equipment, Air Force officials say.

The Ophir 5150 solid-state broadband high power RF amplifier covers the 0.8 to 2.5 GHz frequency range that uses Class A/AB linear power devices that provide a third order intercept point, high gain, and a wide dynamic range.

The Ophir 5150 offers Power Output at 1dB Comp. 10 Watts minimum; small signal gain +42 dB minimum; small signal gain flatness + 2.0 dB maximum; IP3 +50 dBm typical; input voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) of 2:1 maximum; harmonics -20 dBc typical at 10 Watts; spurious signals more than -60 dBc typical at 10 Watts; input/output impedance 50 Ohms nominal; AC input power 100 Watts maximum; AC input 100 to 240 volts AC, single phase; RF input +10 dBm maximum; RF input Signal Format CW/AM/FM/PM/Pulse; and class of operation A/AB.

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The RF amplifier measures 19 by 3.5 by 18 inches, weighs 30 pounds, has type-N connectors, comes with grounding chassis, and has internal forced-air cooling.

The unit operates in temperatures from zero to 50 degrees Celsius, and in humidity as high as 95 percent. It also can operate at altitudes as high as 10,000 feet, and can withstand the shock and vibration of truck transport. The amplifier also offers circuit protection for thermal overload, over current, and over voltage.

The Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex provides depot maintenance, engineering support, and software development to major weapon systems that include the Air Force F-15 jet fighter, C-5 airlifter, C-130 utility turboprop, C-17 airlifter, and Special Operations aircraft.

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The complex supports peacetime maintenance requirements, wartime emergency demands, aircraft battle damage repair, and a ready source of maintenance of critical items, Air Force officials say.

For more information contact Ophir RF online at www.ophirrf.com, or the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex at www.robins.af.mil/units/wrairlogisticscomplex.


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