Automated Radome Testing,
BRUNSWICK CORP MARION VA DEFENSE DIV
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An automated test system has been developed for correction and electrical testing of F-16 Nose Radomes, and is currently in use. A computer controldata acquisition system is utilized in the measurement of transmission efficiency, boresight error, and radiation pattern parameters for each radome. Major components of the facility and equipment include an anechoic chamber and compact range, a five 5 axis positioner with encoders on all axes, and a controldata acquisition console. The F-16 Nose Radome is a half-wave wall utilizing filament wound construction and precision grinding to provide optimized X-band performance.