General Dynamics Mission Systems announced today that it has delivered the 500th wideband nose radome to Lockheed Martin for installation aboard U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and international military F-35 aircraft. These radomes physically protect the aircraft’s Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, while minimizing radio frequency (RF) interference and reducing the aircraft’s susceptibility from detection by enemy radar. The radomes were originally co-developed by General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin, with General Dynamics leading the RF design and Lockheed Martin leading the overall development effort.
“This milestone is an incredible example of our Marion team’s 75-year commitment to successfully design, produce and test more than 65,000 radomes that meet the needs of more than 50 different types of aircraft,” said Carlo Zaffanella, vice president and general manager at General Dynamics Mission Systems. “Our goal at General Dynamics is to make wideband radomes that protect aircraft and radar systems as they evolve and support increased functionality with as little interference as possible.”
General Dynamics has designed and produced over 1,700 advanced wideband nose radomes specifically to support AESA radars on U.S. and international military aircraft including the F-15, F-16, F/A-18 and F-35 platforms. Wideband radomes provide increased performance over legacy radomes by minimizing impact to RF performance over the much broader AESA frequency bands. This improvement enables F-35 pilots greater operating frequency space and provides maximum performance in target detection, tracking and mapping.