Smaller and lighter weight Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are increasingly being used for more complex communications and intelligence applications. To increase loitering capability and persistence of these aircraft, lighter weight, more aerodynamic antennas are required. Pharad has developed and manufactures a variety of high performing, lightweight, aerodynamic antennas for UAVs. Each antenna class developed by Pharad has been optimized for low weight, aerodynamics, and electromagnetic performance. These state-of-the-art antennas enable increased flight range and link performance over traditional airborne antennas. Additionally, the wideband antennas reduce the number of required apertures in an airframe, further reducing aerodynamic drag and logistics costs.
The electromagnetic designs of the Pharad UAV antennas consider the material from which the UAV is constructed. Different solutions are provided for UAVs built from composites such as fiberglass, Kevlar, or polypropylene, and for UAVs constructed from aluminum or carbon fiber. Frequency ranges available include VHF through C-band.
In addition to our standard COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) antennas, Pharad offers custom engineered solutions that conform to a customer's exact specifications. Pharad's Antenna Development Team can develop custom UAV antennas to meet specific form factor and radiation requirements.
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