RF Communications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

NuWaves Engineering Announces New 35 Watt L- and S-Band RF Power Amplifier

By Mike Ball / 13 Jul 2016

NuPower 12D05A amplifierNuWaves Engineering, a provider of Radio Frequency (RF) and Microwave solutions, has announced a new addition to the NuPower small, lightweight and high-efficiency power amplifier (PA) family of products – the NuPower 12D05A L- and S-band PA.

The NuPower 12D05A provides saturated RF power of 35 Watts in L-band and 20 Watts in S-band (frequency coverage from 1700 MHz to 2400 MHz), with module efficiencies of 35% to 55%. With a nominal input drive level of 0 dBm, the NuPower 12D05A offers 44 dB of RF gain. Further, the PA’s aluminum chassis features improved heat dissipation characteristics for higher-temperature operation, and at a compact size of 4.50” x 3.50” x 0.61”, it is small enough for integration into a wide variety of air- or ground-based tactical, test or training platforms. The NuPower 12D05A can be used with communications and telemetry systems to provide range extension or with electronic warfare systems for airborne electronic attack (AEA) at low altitudes, including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

“With the proliferation of COTS and GOTS low-power radios operating in the L- and S-band telemetry bands, the NuPower 12D05A offers the systems integrator the ability to achieve greater communication distances than would be attainable with the radios alone” said Jeff Wells, President and CEO of NuWaves Engineering. “NuWaves Engineering takes pride in offering first-rate communications solutions to the Warfighter. Our power amplifiers enable greater standoff distances for UAS and unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) applications, giving our armed forces the advantage in hostile environments.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact