High-Speed Components Program
The High-Speed Components Future Naval Capability program is a radome development effort that will maximize the operational performance of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) while also offering new cost-effective manufacturing and production methods.
The program will investigate materials, designs and fabrication processes to develop a radome capable of mitigating thermal and structural loads experienced during extended periods of high-speed operations and minimizing surface degradation due to high-speed water impact, while at the same time maintaining acceptable electrical properties. Initial work focused on formulating a material or combination of materials that would have suitable electrical, thermal and structural properties for meeting increased weapon system kinematic performance and flight duration requirements. Later work is focused on developing manufacturing tools and processes for fabricating radomes in the requisite form factor, that the radomes are homogeneous within themselves, and that there is repeatable performance from one radome to the next. The program will enable AARGM to ensure maximum sensor performance while keeping pace with expected kinematic enhancements.
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