Mechanical and physical tests on the prototype were performed at Kanfit’s in-house laboratories prior to its delivery to the customer.
“We were approached by the customer due to our track record with composite materials,” said Shai Fine, General Manager of Kanfit. “Thanks to our experience, we have been able to successfully extend our composite manufacturing capabilities to manufacture radomes in autoclave. This continues our long tradition of radome manufacturing by RTM and wet layup.”
“It was a complicated project with many variables – from design to models and tools to prototype,” explained Fine. “There were multiple issues that needed to be addressed related to the radome’s physical, mechanical and electrical properties which significantly affect its performance, Together with the customer we were able to understand and overcome these issues within a short period of time.”
The radome prototype is currently undergoing final testing, and once completed, serial production is expected to begin in Q4.