Trackwise manufactures PCBs for a wide variety of radar systems operating across the RF spectrum.Case Study
Trackwise manufactures PCBs for a wide variety of radar systems operating across the RF spectrum, all working on the principle of a high power transmitted RF signal being reflected from the ‘target’ and being received by the same (or nearby) antenna.
The benefits of the use of PCBs within such radar systems are that the weight can be less than the traditional parabolic dish and have a wider bandwidth than the equivalent waveguide-based structures.
TACAN (Tactical Air Navigation) is a military aircraft navigation system working in the UHF band which gives to a pilot continuous information as to his range and bearing from a beacon. The ground equipment – for which Trackwise supplies antenna PCBs – consists of a beacon; bearing information can be obtained by the pilot without interrogation since the beacon is continuously transmitting.
Electronic counter measures
Effective countermeasures for military operations are becoming mandatory as commercially available RF products continue to be used by insurgents to set off IEDs, ‘the road side bomb’. Antennas used for IED countermeasures must provide high efficiency coupled with exceptional ground area coverage. The radiation patterns must be consistent across the whole band of operation.
Trackwise manufactures antenna PCBs for a wide range of threat detection devices.Case Study
Trackwise manufactures antenna PCBs for a wide range of threat detection devices.
Electronic device detectors are capable of detecting electronic devices whether they are a transmitting or hardwired, regardless if they are switched on or off. In order to optimise system performance and due to the critical nature of the system performance, a highly precise and ‘clean’ antenna PCB is required.
Sinuous antennas are especially suited to the Early Warning (EW) environment such as Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and Radar Warning Receivers (RWR) or more generally as Threat Warning Antennas:
Trackwise supports Q-par Angus for A400 antennas
Q-par Angus has designed and produced a range of special microwave antennas for the A400 transport plane for protection against missile attack.
Jenny Holiday Director of Q-par Angus said “The antennas have very accurate PCB structures for the internal circuits and for the antenna elements themselves. These have to be made to very high levels of accuracy and must be consistent from one antenna to another. This is why Trackwise was chosen to help us develop and produce these parts. The antenna performance is superior to competitors and we are finding other markets for these in surveillance and direction finding applications.”
Trackwise' antenna PCBs are used in military and defence applications such as tactical communications (video and data uplinks, WLAN, telemetry) in C-Band (4.4-5.0GHz). PCBs are used in flat-panel antennas that are slim and discreet where either a covert or aesthetic appearance is required, while still providing the highest specification and robust construction. The gain of the antenna is determined by the number of elements and flat panel antennas can be highly directional with narrow azimuth and elevation radiation patterns.