The radome is derived from two-word namely radar and dome. It is an enclose designed for the protection of the radar antenna which can be affected by environmental exposure such as rain, strong wind, snow, and UV light. Radomes were created forty years ago and currently used from the Antarctic to the tropics.
On the basis of the application of material that is used for construction such as PTFE-coated fabric, fiberglass, etc., the shape of the radome is decided. Materials used for radome designed to not disturb or attenuate radar signal that is being transmitted. Material is commonly waterproof and lightweight. Specialized type of radomes are used for various applications such as air traffic control, telemetry, satellite communications, and weather radar. They are used as enclosures to satellite communications antennas and radar systems. Space frame radomes, composite radomes, and air-supported radomes are main types of radomes. Space frame radomes are a self-supporting and have a rigid structure, composed of triangular panels assembled into a geodesic dome. Air supported radomes is made up of flexible fabric envelop which is required to inflate for all the times.
Materials that are used for radome do not interfere with transmitting and receiving the signals from the antennas. Radomes are also placed at the aircraft nose for protection of antennas, providing a streamlined profile by reducing aerodynamic drag, as well as covering the fuselage. Radome improves the performance of the antenna in temperature variations or high winds. It also helps to provide a benign environment for personals electric equipment near the antenna. They also reduce maintenance and operational cost of the equipment.
The increasing demand for aircraft, owing to growing commercial aviation industry is a factor anticipated to increase adoption for radomes. Installation of radome in unmanned aerial vehicles is expected to its increase demand. In addition, growing adoption of unmanned aerial vehicles for civil and military application is also expected to support the growth of the radomes in the coming years.
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Applications of radomes include microwave, satellite communications, maritime communications, weather radar, surveillance, aviation, military and civil radar, coastal surveillance, military, and civil flight simulation, maritime communications, and broadcast equipment.
There is an increasing demand for radome in North America, owing to the growing adoption of advanced technology and high military budget especially US. In addition, increasing investment in research and development sector and increasing adoption of unmanned aerial vehicles are anticipated to support growth of the radome market in this region. Upgradation of old aircraft fleet is expected to result in increasing adoption of radomes in Europe. Increasing adoption of advanced aircraft and the presence of some of the key players in the Asia Pacific is anticipated to fuel demand for radome among end users in this region.
By type, the radome market is categorized into shell structure and spherical structure. By application, the radome market is categorized into composite radomes, air-supported radomes, and space frame radomes. Key players of radome market include General Dynamics, Saint-Gobain, Cobham, Nordam, ATK, AVIC, L-3 ESSCO, Harris, Raytheon, Kelvin Hughes, Royal Engineered, Composites, Infinite Technologies, CPI, Finmeccanica, Jenoptik, and HTC.