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NEWS | March 1, 2017

Radar Shield Advancements Help Small Business Attract Commercialization Partner


Ebert Composites Corp.

  • LOCATION: Chula Vista, California
  • TOPIC NUMBER: AF073-113
  • TOPIC TITLE: Hydrophobic/Non-Delaminating Radome Material
  • TECHNICAL PROJECT OFFICE: Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill AFB, UT

New technology that attacks the long-term maintenance problems of ground-based radar structures – and their associated costs – is translating to commercial success for a California-based small business.

Ebert Composites Corp., with support from the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program, developed a method to improve the construction of protective shields for radar antennas that attracted a global business partner in the process.

Also known as radomes, existing shields present several significant problems. They delaminate – in essence the layers of material peel apart – and require re-painting to continue to repel water. Additionally, the current crop of radomes are at a high risk of collapse from snow accumulation. Those maintenance challenges combine to cost the Air Force and other federal organizations millions of dollars per year.


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