High Voltage Antenna Protection for Hand-held and Man-pack Radios
The Marine Corps Systems Command requires an integrated protective solution for radio antennas used by dismounted USMC Radio Operators. Long radio antennas are mission critical assets; however, if contacted with low-hanging power distribution lines (common in war-torn regions), lethal amounts of electricity can be imparted to the operator and radio. METSS intends to provide high-voltage antenna protection of 35KV RMS, while providing equivalent radiation pattern omnidirectional gain across frequencies between 2 and 88 MHz. Solutions will enable retrofit to existing antennas in the field or while in depot. The added protection will not cue enemies, snag, or fail in harsh conditions. METSS’s solution will be light, easy-to-use, and support whip and blade antennas for the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS).
Synthetic External Hydraulic (HEX) Fluid (2075-S) for Submarine Applications
The Navy’s 2075-TH hydraulic fluid, which is used for external hydraulic (HEX) system motion control, is covered under MIL-PRF-17672. This legacy fluid is significantly challenged by the evolution in submarine force inter-deployment training cycles, higher Fleet operating tempo, and changes in maintenance planning philosophy that require the motion control fluids work longer and harder in the undersea environment. The reduced performance of the 2075-TH HEX fluid has led to many instances of component failures critical to operational submarines. METSS’s new synthetic fluid formulation (2075-S) will demonstrate significant improvements in fluid oxidative resistance, additive stability, and tolerance to seawater contamination in extended service life operations. The new synthetic product will improve in-service operability and reliability, while extending product service life and reducing overall maintenance costs.