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Airborne Radomes

Composite Structures and Surfaces
We have served the composite structures and surfaces market for more than 50 years, designing and manufacturing high-fidelity composite radomes and reflectors.

L3 ESSCO can produce everything from simple panels to large integrated assemblies. We manufacture with E-Glass, S-Glass, Astroquartz®, Spectra™, Durashed®, T300, AS4 and IM7. In addition to fiber types, we are also experienced in polyesters, epoxies, cynate esters and a wide variety of thermoplastics. We are ready to qualify new product-specific systems as well. We also specialize in rapid prototyping and can turn around tooling and dimensionally correct prototypes in just weeks rather than months for most applications.

High-fidelity Radomes and Reflectors
A majority of our composite manufacturing has been in conjunction with the high-fidelity, high-volume production of composite radomes and reflectors.

Since 1961, L3 ESSCO has led the industry in the research and development of new radome technology. Having pioneered research in the use of metal beams in radomes, radome tuning technology, development of hydrophobic coatings and the use of advanced composite materials, L3 ESSCO has always been first to market with new radome enhancements and continues to pursue advancements in electromagnetic and structural performance.

Composite reflectors are used in a multitude of applications, including airborne installations, to redirect or extend RF energy. L3 ESSCO’s proprietary design and molding process enables us to produce tolerances smaller than 5 mils (0.005 in.) to optimize gain and reduce side lobes that can affect reflectivity. Our high-performance airborne reflectors use fine-weave or unidirectional carbon composite surfaces that can provide wide frequency range reflectivity up to 1,000 GHz..

Rapid Certification Program
Conducting tests and evaluating mechanical properties are crucial to the design and manufacture of any composite material. L3 ESSCO has created a Rapid Certification Program in partnership with the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), the same agency trusted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide research, design, testing and certification. Our partner, Lightning Diversion Systems, which designs our lightning strike systems, is also working directly with NIAR to develop standards for lightning strike certification.

By utilizing NIAR’s certified simulation tools, we are able to seamlessly transition our prototyping and development to Finite Element
Analysis (FEA). This enables us to fast-track the entire certification process and take modification or replacement parts (articles) from
concept to FAA Parts Manufacture Approval (PMA), quickly and cost-effectively.

While Certification by Simulation is by far the fastest and the lowest-cost testing method, in the event that this method of certification is not
acceptable, we also offer Certification by Simulation with Experimental Verification.

L3 ESSCO is AS9100-certified. This aerospace industry-specific standard relating to ISO 9001 conformity provides a comprehensive quality management system focused on areas directly impacting product safety and reliability.

Design for Manufacturing
L3 ESSCO utilizes a “Design-for-Manufacturing” method, and from initial concept, we tap our extensive library of materials and efficient fabrication processes to help reduce both manufacturing and recurring costs. This enables us to turn around the design, development and manufacture of prototype parts for first article inspection and program acceptance in as little as six months.

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