Type 45 Communications Masts
Integrating a new antenna array onto the Type 45 Destroyers
- Design & Manufacture
- Integrated Logistic Support
- Stores Management
- Training delivery
To upgrade the existing structural communications mast to include a new sensor antenna array.
As the Design Authority for the polemast which provides the communications antenna suite for the Type 45 platform, we were recently tasked by Thales UK to undertake a mid-life upgrade which included the replacement of the upper section of the mast with a new sensor antenna array.
This new requirement had to be integrated within an existing section of the operational mast, increasing the overall mass whilst maintaining the original natural frequency of the platform. A comprehensive design solution was produced, detailing general arrangement and manufacturing drawings of the mast, including antenna arrangements and cable management. We also undertook the full mechanical and electrical manufacture and assembly of the mast and integration phases that included RF performance and testing.