Excessive energy amplifiers RF and microwave avionics

LAKEHURST, NJ – US Navy avionics experts required high-power amplifiers for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye carrier aircraft. They found their solution at North Star Scientific Corp. in Kapolei, Hawaii.

Officials at the Aircraft Division of the Naval Air Warfare Center in Lakehurst, New Jersey, announced last week to North Star Scientific a $ 9.6 million order for 42 high-power amplifiers for the Navy E-2D fleet. The contract includes engineering and engineering data support for the setup, installation and testing of high-performance amplifier units.

North Star Scientific will provide 13 high-performance amplifier units for E-2D crypto modernization and retrofitting aircraft for frequency conversion. 10 amplifiers for TTNT production aircraft (E-2D Tactical Targeting Network Technology); 10 spare amplifiers; five amplifiers for system configuration set-11 E-2C aircraft; and four amplifiers for retrofitting E-2D-TTNT aircraft.

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North Star Scientific specializes in developing military communications and radar equipment for military systems such as the Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye radar aircraft. the Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion patrol aircraft P-3; the coastal combat ship; and other unmanned air and sea vehicles.

Among other RF and microwave products, the company builds the high frequency monitor. UHF VHF AIS diplexer; 50 watt remote amplifier; Trigger Pulse RF Amplifier; 3-way RF switch; Vehicle RF matrix switch; Shipboard RF Matrix Switch; 100 watt amplifier ;; VRC-99B 180 watt amplifier; Direction finding antenna; High voltage modulator; TCDL antenna; TR switch; and solid-state / vacuum hybrid.

North Star Scientific’s power amplifiers include the 50 watt VRC99B in the air power amplifier for various aircraft. It has a frequency range of 1.7 to 2 GHz; a minimum power of 50 watts; an input voltage of 28 volts DC; RS-422 control; and measures 7.75 cm wide, 6.39 cm high and 11.32 cm long.

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North Star Scientific provides design capabilities that include antenna / microwave design and analysis. digital, analog and high voltage design; MIL-STD 461; MIL-STD 704; MIL-STD 810; MIL-HDBK 217; Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) programming; Microprocessor programming; LabView programming; custom test equipment; CAD modeling; Thermal fluid analysis; and structural analysis.

The company’s test functions include antenna measurements; Shock and vibration; Temperature change and thermal shock; Humidity; Height; combined temperature and altitude; combined temperature and humidity; rapid decompression; Salt spray; EMI; Flow and pressure drop; Draw wire bond; Hermetic; and internal gas analysis.

On this order, North Star Scientific will carry out the work in Kapolei, Hawaii. and Carlsbad, California, and should be completed in August 2022. For more information, please contact North Star Scientific online at www.nsshawaii.com.

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