GORE-FLIGHT® Microwave Assemblies for Defense Aircraft
Lightweight, flexible airframe assemblies from Gore are a fit-and-forget solution proven to deliver the lowest insertion loss after installation, during use, and over time. Our rugged assemblies improve all aspects of protection and performance in demanding conditions ensuring mission-critical success, less downtime, and total cost of ownership.
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Extreme aerospace conditions can compromise the performance of airframe cable assemblies. Aside from the challenges of installation, rigorous flight conditions bring rapid temperature and pressure changes, as well as potential contamination from fuels, oils and fluids. Maintaining signal integrity in these tough environments is essential to ensuring the reliability of an aircraft’s sophisticated electronic systems.
GORE-FLIGHT® Microwave Assemblies for Aircraft are lightweight, durable and proven to improve fuel efficiency and increase payload while reducing operating costs.
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In today’s military aircraft and future fleets, higher frequency mmWave components are being added to electronic warfare (EW) and aircraft survivability equipment (ASE). These components and systems require microwave/RF assemblies to operate within Ka-band frequencies from 26 to 40 GHz and V-band frequencies from 40 to 75 GHz. Microwave/RF assemblies are also susceptible to electrical challenges and mechanical stresses due to damage from installation and harsh environmental conditions. These conditions can cause interference in the signal transmission and errors within the aircraft systems. Small, rugged GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies, Type 6G, is proven to perform reliably up to 40 GHz over the aircraft’s lifetime, ensuring mission-critical success and peace of mind.
Maintaining signal integrity under difficult aerospace environments is essential to the reliability of mission-critical systems in aircraft. Starting with continuous flexing during routing through flight conditions, like repeated shock/vibration during flight, extreme altitude/temperature changes, and harsh contaminants. At the same time, airframe assemblies must be both lightweight and durable to improve fuel efficiency and reduce operating costs.
In fact, we conducted independent studies and research showing that globally more than 75% of microwave/RF assemblies are frequently replaced due to damage during installation or operation. So, costs can quickly add up with replacing assemblies, extra labor, and more maintenance and downtime!
LIGHTWEIGHT SOLUTION WITH THE LOWEST INSERTION LOSS
Award-wining GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies are proven to deliver the lowest insertion loss and more reliable VSWR after installation compared to leading competitor assemblies. Our rugged yet flexible airframe assemblies can easily withstand rigorous routing, maintenance activities, and flight conditions for lifetime performance. They’re also lighter weight compared to leading competitor designs, which improves fuel efficiency and increases payload.
Our assemblies have been thoroughly tested and qualified to meet stringent defense specifications and requirements for current and future generation fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. With this high level of performance, our assemblies reduce costly production delays, field service frequency, and the need for purchasing replacement assemblies.
Aircraft manufacturers no longer have to accept the practice of replacing microwave/RF assemblies because they get damaged during installation. A fit-and-forget philosophy is now a reality because GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies provide the most cost-effective, lightweight solution that ensures mission-critical system performance for pilots.
Rugged construction of GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies, Types 65 and 6E.
GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies are engineered to perform reliably in a variety of aircraft applications, including:
GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies earned a platinum award for product innovation from Military & Aerospace Electronics.
- airborne electronic surveillance / countermeasures / jamming
- EW (Electronic Warfare) systems
- RWR (Radar Warning Receiver) systems
- radar interconnects
- electronic / signal intelligence
- navigation / communication systems
- Millimeter wave technologies
If you have any questions or to discuss your specific application needs, please contact a Gore representative.
GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies provide aircraft system architects and engineers with many benefits that improve electrical and mechanical performance such as:
- Outstanding signal integrity with lowest insertion loss up to 40 GHz before/after installation
- lower installation costs due to fewer failures and reduced aircraft production delays
- improved fuel efficiency and increased payload with lightweight assembly
- longer system life and reduced downtime due to mechanically robust construction
- less RF interference among electronic systems due to superior shielding effectiveness
- proven compliance with stringent industry requirements
For more information about the benefits of our assemblies, please contact a Gore representative.
These values demonstrate the electrical, mechanical and environmental performance of GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies.
Download the data sheet for more technical information — including qualifications, performance data, torque values, connector options, and ordering information.
|Type 04||Type 65||Type 6E||Type 6G|
|Maximum Frequency (GHz)||18||18||18||40|
|Typical VSWR through 18 GHz (straight connector)||1.25:1||1.25:1||1.25:1||1.30:1|
|Guaranteed VSWR through 18 GHz (straight connector)||1.40:1||1.40:1||1.40:1||1.45:1|
|Typical Insertion Loss at 18 GHz (dB/ft)||0.633||0.342||0.198||0.795|
|Guaranteed Insertion Loss at 18 GHz (dB/ft)||0.673||0.384||0.208||0.870|
|Standard Impedance (Ohms)||50 ± 1||50 ± 1||50 ± 1||50 ± 1|
|Nominal Dielectric Constant||1.4||1.35||1.35||1.40|
|Nominal Velocity of Propagation (%)||85||86||86||85|
|Nominal Time Delay ns/in (ns/cm)||0.103 (0.04)||0.0984 (0.0387)||0.0984 (0.0387)||0.103 (0.04)|
|Shielding Effectiveness through 18 GHz (dB)||> 90||> 90||> 90||> 90|
|Mechanical / Environmental Property||Value|
|Type 04||Type 65||Type 6E||Type 6G|
|Overall Diameter in (mm)||0.18 (4.55)||0.24 (6.1)||0.35 (8.9)||0.195 (4.95)|
|Nominal Weight lb/ft (g/m)||0.027 (41)||0.040 (60)||0.084 (125)||0.033 (49)|
|Minimum Bend Radius in (mm)||0.5 (12.5)||1.0 (25.4)||1.9 (48.3)||0.75 (19.0)|
|Temperature Rangea (°C)||-55 to +125||-55 to +125||-55 to +125||-55 to +125|
|Concentrated Load per MIL-T-81490 paragraph 4.7.18 (lb)||> 150||> 150||> 150||> 150|
a For applications outside of these temperatures, please contact a Gore representative.
Gore has long been a proponent of showing accurately how its products and technologies function in real-world environments before bringing them to market. Because nearly one-third of cable failures occur during installation, this is a crucial risk factor that shouldn't be minimized. Damaged airframe assemblies can lead to compromised signal integrity and failures over time, additional testing, and maintenance and replacement costs.
With our installation simulator, aircraft manufacturers can be confident they are getting a reliable microwave/RF assembly solution that withstands the rigors of installation and reduces the total cost of ownership.
"Aircraft manufacturers need reliable solutions that can be installed deep within an aircraft and left there for the life of the platform. Therefore, we want to create 'fit-and-forget' solutions that will survive the demanding environments within an aircraft," said Jim Foreman, Gore Associate.
Gore is committed to designing next-generation products that solve key challenges and mitigate risk for aircraft. To do this, we test and simulate real-world conditions to ensure that our products do what we say they will do, consistently and reliably even in harsh conditions.
For more information about our Installation Simulator, download the white paper,
Proving Installed Performance of Airframe Microwave Assemblies.
Also, download the white paper, Reducing Life Cycle Costs with Reliable Airframe Microwave Assemblies.
Watch these videos and more on YouTube to learn why our cables survive and perform when others do not.
Easy to Use, Fast Results
Gore’s online resources are designed specifically to make it easy for you to select the right microwave/RF assembly for your specific application requirements.
Microwave/RF Cable Assembly Builder allows you to design an assembly with ease from your desktop, tablet or mobile phone. Whether you’re working in aerospace and defense, spaceflight or test and measurement environments, you can design an assembly to meet your specific needs. Once you design your assembly, you can quickly download custom data sheets for your builds. You can also submit your builds for a quote, and our specialists will review your designs and application requirements.
Microwave/RF Cable Assembly Calculator allows you to calculate insertion loss, VSWR and other parameters of Gore’s assemblies for different cable types. Select and compare up to three assemblies at a time.
If you have questions about our assemblies and want to discuss your specific application needs, please contact a Gore representative.
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W. L. Gore & Associates Adds New European Distributor for High-Speed Data Cables
Posted September 27, 2022
W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) announced today the addition of a new European distributor for its aerospace high-speed data cables. A.E. Petsche Company is now an authorized distributor for Gore’s entire selection of cables, including fiber optics, Ethernet, quadrax, HDMI, USB, shielded twisted pair, and more. Gore also offers higher-level cable protection systems and an abrasion-resistant cable jacket for packaging copper wires and cables.
W. L. Gore & Associates Expands Mission Capabilities for Microwave RF Assemblies
Posted June 16, 2022
W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) announced a new higher-frequency 40Ghz option for its GORE-FLIGHT® Microwave Assemblies. The new option will help EW and C5ISR users and customers who want to transport electrical signals reliably with minimal size, weight and power. The newest capability for GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies will allow for higher frequency applications that will offer low loss, high integrity and greater longevity cables.
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