Wideband Low-Profile Antennas Provide Electronic Warfare Communication Capabilities

A Villanova University Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor has constructed wideband low-profile antennas that provide electronic warfare, jamming and communication capabilities for fiberglass ballistic and blast-resistant armor panels. Applied Nanotech, Inc., the project leader, has recently announced the success of Ahmad Hoorfar, Ph.D.’s, work.

"The multi-function armor eliminates the need for multiple high-profile communications antenna structures on military vehicles and ships, making them less visible and identifiable in hostile situations. The armor-incased antennas also have jamming capability to block radio signals, such as those used to remotely trigger explosives, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs)," the company said.

Moving forward, the project requires “further refinement of the developed antenna structure and preparation of a follow-up proposal to investigate its performance on various vehicular platforms of interest to Department of Defense agencies,” Phys.org added.

Hoorfar is also researching topics such as efficient microwave imaging techniques for through-the-wall and ground penetrating radar systems; wideband, low-profile, and miniaturized antennas; and nature-inspired computational techniques in optimization of complex electromagnetic, antenna and microwave structures.


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