Reducing Life Cycle Costs with Reliable Airframe Microwave Assemblies

Aircraft manufacturers can no longer afford the total costs associated with airframe microwave assemblies that fail because of rigorous installation and the extreme conditions of aerospace. W. L. Gore & Associates evaluated the performance of microwave airframe assemblies before and after installation. This testing showed that performance of many assemblies degrades significantly because they get damaged during installation, which results in increased costs, production delays, and additional testing to requalify system components. Selecting a durable cable assembly that has been tested to survive challenging aerospace applications is the key to reducing costs and ensuring reliability over time.