New wideband radome delivered for F-15 program

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 5 April 2010. A major part of the F-15 Radar Modernization Program (RMP) calls for a new wideband nose radome, which was designed by General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products in Charlotte, N.C.

Apr 5th, 2010

Posted by John McHale

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 5 April 2010. A major part of the F-15 Radar Modernization Program (RMP) calls for a new wideband nose radome radome, which was designed by General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products in Charlotte, N.C.

The RMP radome will fly on the U.S. Air Force F-15E as part of the RMP upgrade. Benefits of the radome include superior electrical performance over a wide frequency range, low weight, low part count, and the ability to perform in high heat and stress environment. The radome also includes the installation and integration of an instrument landing system antenna.

"We are pleased to achieve this program milestone on schedule and within budget to support Boeing's work on the F-15 RMP," says Jim Losse, vice president and general manager of advanced materials for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. "Our team in Marion has built wideband radomes for years, and we are excited to add the F-15 RMP nose radome to our facility and workforce's capabilities."

The SDD contract scope includes radome design, material strength and environmental testing, environmental and structural qualification, tool design, fabrication, assembly, and repair-methods development. Production and program management is being performed at General Dynamics' advanced materials facility in Marion, Va. Ten radomes will be built as part of the SDD phase, with deliveries completed in April 2011.

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