GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies, 6 Series

Gore's assemblies are a fit-and-forget solution proven to deliver the lowest insertion loss before and after installation, ensuring lifelong performance in military and civil aircraft. Our lightweight yet rugged airframe assemblies improve all aspects of performance that ensures critical system performance and reduces total cost of ownership.

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GORE-FLIGHT™ Microwave Assemblies, 6 Series

Coaxial & Microwave / RF Cable Assemblies

Provides technical information including benefits, typical applications, product specifications, qualification summary, comparison test data, connector options and ordering information.

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Overview

Military & Aerospace 2016 Innovator Award Platinum Honoree

GORE-FLIGHT™ Microwave Assemblies earned a platinum award for product innovation from Military & Aerospace Electronics.

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Maintaining signal integrity under difficult environments is essential to ensuring the reliability of sophisticated electronic systems in civil and military aircraft. Beginning with installation and continuing through the harsh flight conditions that combine rapid temperature and pressure changes with potential contamination from fuels, oils and fluids. At the same time, airframe assemblies must be 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 cable 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 Lowest Insertion Loss Now and Over Time

GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies, 6 Series are proven to deliver the lowest insertion loss before and after installation, providing stable and accurate performance compared to alternative airframe assemblies. Our rugged airframe assemblies can easily withstand rigorous installation, maintenance activities and flight conditions, ensuring life-of-aircraft performance. With this high level of performance, our 6 Series reduces costly production delays, field service frequency, and the need for purchasing replacement assemblies. And, they’re also lighter weight, which improves fuel efficiency and increases payload. 

So, aircraft manufacturers no longer have to accept the practice of replacing microwave assemblies because they get damaged during installation. A fit-and-forget philosophy is now a reality because our award-winning 6 Series provide the most cost-effective, lightweight solution that ensures critical system performance for aircraft operators.

A350
F-16

The 6 Series delivers the lowest insertion loss before and after installation.

Applications

GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies, 6 Series are engineered to perform reliably in a variety of civil and military aerospace applications, including:

  • airborne electronic surveillance/countermeasures
  • electronic/signal intelligence
  • missile approach warning systems
  • navigation/communication systems
  • radar interconnects
  • radar warning (electronic defense) systems

If you have any questions or to discuss your specific application needs, please contact a Gore representative.

AW-169
F-35

The 6 Series improves fuel efficiency, increases payload and reduces total costs.

Benefits

GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies, 6 Series provide manufacturers with many benefits that improve electrical and mechanical performance such as:

  • outstanding signal integrity with lowest insertion loss before and 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 MIL-T-81490 requirements

For more information about the benefits of our cables, please contact a Gore representative.

Properties

These values demonstrate the electrical, mechanical and environmental performance of our 6 Series.

Download the data sheet for more technical information, including qualifications, comparison test data, connector options, and ordering information.

Electrical Properties Cable Type 6E Cable Type 65
Maximum Frequency 18 18
Typical VSWR through 18 GHz (straight connector) 1.25:1 1.25:1
Guaranteed VSWR through 18 GHz (straight connector) 1.40:1 1.40:1
Typical Insertion Loss at 18 GHz (dB/ft) 0.198 0.342
Guaranteed Insertion Loss at 18 GHz (dB/ft) 0.208 0.384
Installed Insertion Loss at 18 GHz (dB/ft)* 0.219 0.354
Impedance (Ohms) 50 ± 1 50 ± 1
Dielectric Constant (Nominal) 1.35 1.35
Velocity of Propagation (Nominal) (%) 86 86
Time Delay (Nominal) [ns/cm (ns/in)] 0.0387 (0.0984) 0.0387 (0.0984)
Shielding Effectiveness through 18 GHz (dB) 90 90

* Based on 10-foot assembly after three cycles through the installation simulator.

Mechanical / Environmental Properties Cable Type 6E Cable Type 65
Overall Diameter [mm (in)] 8.9 (0.35) 6.1 (0.24)
Nominal Weight [g/m (oz/ft)] 125 (0.084) 60 (0.040)
Minimum Bend Radius [mm (in)] 48.3 (1.9) 25.4 (1.0)
Temperature Range (°C) -55 to 125 -55 to 125
Concentrated Load per MIL-T-81490 paragraph 4.7.18 (lb) > 150 > 150

Standard Series

Gore’s Standard Series is the first generation of GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies. They have an internally ruggedized construction that withstands concentrated loads well in excess of those specified by MIL-T-81490, reducing the likelihood of crush damage during installation and throughout service life. The flexibility of our assemblies, coupled with an inherent resistance to over-bending, makes them easier to install in small spaces of an aircraft.

Our Standard Series also offer vapor and liquid barriers to prevent any ingress of oils, fuels, coolants or cleaning fluids, ensuring reliable electrical performance even in the harshest of environments. They’ve undergone stringent qualification testing, so you can be confident in their capabilities and performance.

Properties

These values demonstrate the electrical, mechanical and environmental performance of our Standard Series.

Download the data sheet for more technical information, including benefits, typical applications, and qualifications.

Electrical
Gore Cable Type 04 02 08 05 0B 06 0E 0L
Maximum Frequency GHz 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 7
Characteristic Impedance Ohms 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50
Typical Insertion Loss dB/m (dB/ft) @ Max Frequency 2.03
(0.62)
1.33
(0.41)
1.33
(0.41)
1.15
(0.35)
0.95
(0.29)
0.75
(0.23)
0.69
(0.21)
0.33
(0.10)
Velocity of Propagation % 85 85 85 85 85 85 85 85
Time Delay ns/cm (ns/in) 0.04
(0.103)
0.04
(0.103)
0.04
(0.103)
0.04
(0.103)
0.04
(0.103)
0.04
(0.103)
0.04
(0.103)
0.04
(0.103)
Dielectric Constant 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4
Shielding Effectiveness dB to 18 GHz >100 >100 >100 >100 >100 >100 >100 >100
Mechanical and Environmental
Gore Cable Type 04 02 08 05 0B 06 0E 0L
Center Conductor Solid Stranded Stranded Solid Solid Solid Solid Stranded
Overall Diameter mm (in) 4.55
(0.18)
6.96
(0.27)
7.25
(0.29)
6.96
(0.27)
7.50
(0.29)
9.50
(0.37)
9.93
(0.39)
12.7 (0.50)
Nominal Weight g/m (oz/ft) 41
(0.43)
105
(1.13)
137
(1.47)
105
(1.13)
128
(1.37)
190
(2.04)
204
(2.19)
345
(3.70)
Minimum Bend Radius mm (in) 12.5
(0.49)
25.0
(0.98)
25.0
(0.98)
25.0
(0.98)
38.0
(1.49)
50.0
(1.97)
55.0
(2.16)
62.5
(2.46)
Temperature Range °C (°F) -58 to 200*
(-72 to 392*)
-58 to 200*
(-72 to 392*)
-58 to 200*
(-72 to 392*)
-58 to 200*
(-72 to 392*)
-58 to 200*
(-72 to 392*)
-58 to 200*
(-72 to 392*)
-58 to 200*
(-72 to 392*)
-58 to 200*
(-72 to 392*)
Crush Resistance kgf/cm (lb/in) >31.3
(>175)
>31.3
(>175)
>31.3
(>175)
>31.3
(>175)
>31.3
(>175)
>31.3
(>175)
>31.3
(>175)
>31.3
(>175)

 

Installation Simulator

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 to minimize. Damaged airframe assemblies can lead to compromised signal integrity and failures over time, as well as additional testing, maintenance and replacement costs. With the new Cable Installation Simulator, civil and military aircraft manufacturers can be confident they are getting a reliable cable assembly solution that withstands the rigors of installation and reduces the total cost of ownership.

Jim Foreman, Product Specialist

Jim Foreman, Product Specialist

"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, Product Manager at Gore. "We are committed to designing next generation products that solve key challenges, and mitigate risk for aircraft," said Paul Pino, Lead Principal Design Engineer at Gore, "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.

Videos

Watch these videos and more on YouTube of Gore engineers demonstrating the benefits of GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies.

Online Tools

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 configure a Gore assembly for different cable types based on your application needs.  You can also request a quote.

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 3 cables 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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