RF Communications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

NuWaves Engineering Announces 100 Watt RF Power Amplifier Module

By Mike Ball / 01 Nov 2016

NuWaves Engineering LogoNuWaves Engineering, a developer of Radio Frequency (RF) and Microwave solutions, has announced the upcoming release of the latest offering in the company’s NuPower power amplifier (PA) family of products – the 100 Watt NuPower 12K08A L- & S-band PA.

The NuPower 12K08A provides saturated RF power of 100 Watts in L- & S-band (frequency coverage from 1.7 GHz to 2.5 GHz), with module efficiencies of up to 58%. With a nominal input drive level of 0 dBm, the NuPower 12K08A offers 50 dB of RF gain. The PA’s aluminum chassis features improved heat dissipation characteristics for higher-temperature operation and, at a size of 7.25” x 4” x 0.8”, it is small enough for integration into a wide variety of air- or ground-based tactical, test, or training platforms. With its size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) profile, the NuPower 12K08A can be used with communications and telemetry systems to provide range extension or with electronic warfare systems for airborne electronic attack (AEA) at low and medium altitudes, including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

“For the systems integrator that requires greater communications range, the NuPower 12K08A will provide a significant improvement with its 100 Watts of output power,” said Jeff Wells, President and CEO of NuWaves Engineering. “NuWaves Engineering takes pride in offering first-rate communications solutions to the Warfighter. Our high-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