An Automated Cylindrical Near-Field Measurement and Analysis System for Radome Characterization
Authors:Matthew Giles, Shantnu Mishra, Ph.D.
The David Florida Laboratory (DFL) was contacted by the Canadian Department of National Defense (DND) to develop an accurate, reliable, more cost effective method of characterizing existing nose cone mounted radomes for the radar systems aboard aircraft such as CF-18. Traditionally, these measurements have been performed in a far-field (FF) range using conventional positioning and measurement systems and specialized instruments such as a null seeker. Recently, the use of near field methods has been incorporated in radome measurement practices. This paper describes one such adaptation of a cylindrical near-field facility (CNF) for radome measurements.