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March 13th, 2014

Agilent Technologies—Handheld Radar Precision Testing (Microwave + RF)

[SatNews] Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that its FieldFox handheld combination analyzers offer an easier, more cost-effective solution than benchtop instruments, with the accuracy and functionality required for performing precision radar system performance validation, including maintenance and repair in the field.

FieldFox analyzers have a proven track record of reducing cost-of-test while also increasing the uptime of mission-critical systems—critical capabilities for modern radar systems. Such systems are typically classified as ground-based, airborne, ship-based or space-borne and have numerous applications, including civilian air-traffic control, meteorology, traffic enforcement and military. Civil air-traffic control radar systems are comprised of numerous line replaceable units (LRUs) and have been in place for decades around the world. To maintain these complex mission-critical systems, maintainers have traditionally been forced to use benchtop equipment, frequently beyond its normal support life. Until now, using expensive, high-performance equipment was the only way to ensure accurate and repeatable radar measurements.
The easier, more cost-effective FieldFox combination analyzer solution for radar system performance validation includes:
 An all-in-one combination analyzer that functions as a basic cable and antenna analyzer with spectrum and vector network analysis capabilities.
A built-in power meter and vector voltmeter.
LRU-level measurements, including a full pulse analysis capability to 40 GHz using the U2022XA Peak Power Sensor, and relative timing measurement of transmitter main to auxiliary pulses.

  • Support for Stable Local Oscillator phase alignment via vector voltmeter mode
  • Compliance with IEC/EN 60529 IP53 requirements for protection from dust and water
  • Compliance with U.S. MIL-PRF-28800F Class 2 requirements

The Agilent FieldFox combination analyzers deliver benchtop-instrument accuracy in field-test environments. This performance, coupled with their ability to operate in harsh conditions and hard-to-reach locations, allows radar maintainers to use them for all their radar ground station installation and maintenance measurement needs.