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TMD exhibits for first time at Electronic Warfare

22nd September 2016
Anna Flockett

It will be the first time at an EW exhibition in the UAE for TMD Technologies, who will be exhibiting a representative selection of advanced products for Electronic Warfare on Stand 26. Highlighting its capability in EW, TMD will be showcasing its newest Microwave Power Modules (MPMs) namely the very recently launched TWT based PTX8807 and the solid state PTS6900.

A key market

“This is the first time we have exhibited at an EW event in the UAE,” commented TMD’s Sales and Business Development Director, Jane McAlister. “It is a direct result of our planned on-going expansion into the Middle Eastern markets.”

McAlister added: “I see this area as offering great potential as yet untapped. The EW GCC event is supported by the region’s elite intelligence and military community, and both my Head of Sales, Nigel Hann and I will be attending this important EW venue to take up every opportunity of moving forward with our growth targets.”

Launched only recently in the UK at the Farnborough Airshow in July, TMD’s new line of Ka band, compact TWT based MPM’s has been designed to meet the most demanding needs of modern EW and radar systems. The very first of the new line is the PTX8807 MPM – operating over the 30-40GHz range with a power output of up to 200W at 100% duty cycle.

The PTX8807 offers simplified integration for high performance EW and radar systems. With its high power Ka band helix Travelling Wave Tube (TWT) and matched high density switched mode power supply it forms a single ‘drop-in’ microwave amplifier unit. This means that high voltage TWT interconnections are eliminated, along with associated safety and reliability hazards. Also, using just the one MPM, instead of a separate TWT and power supply, simplifies spares logistics and maintenance.

Being configured to incorporate a variety of TWT models, the PTX8807 allows customers to specify particular duty, frequency and peak power parameters. Also, TMD engineers have optimised factory settings for TWT performance, removing the need for user adjustments and thus simplifying any replacement in the field. The new MPM also features high electrical efficiency – requiring minimum cooling and providing high reliability over a wide operating temperature range.

The high voltage section is fully encapsulated, so the PTX8807 is able operate at very high altitudes and in high humidity environments, thus allowing easy and trouble-free integration into a variety of airborne platforms.

Remote operation and status monitoring is also featured, with internal diagnostic outputs and indicators available for BIT purposes.

Providing its customers with the best of both worlds, TMD offers both high performance TWT based andsolid state MPMs.

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