Radomes function as protective covers for antenna systems while minimizing the electro-magnetic impact on performance. They provide the antenna system with a controlled environment shielding sensitive equipment from weather related stresses such as wind, snow, ice, salt spray, etc. radomes increase the useful life of the antenna and decrease overall maintenance costs for the system. A radome also allows the antenna system to use lighter duty and less expensive components such as drive motors and smaller less expensive foundations by eliminating wind loads from the antenna. The controlled environment inside the radome provides greater system availability as the antenna can operate in adverse environmental conditions with minimal degradation.
For a radome to be a benefit the unique attributes of the system being protected, communication, tracking, 2D radar, 3D radar, and all other systems must be taken into consideration before proposing a radome solution. A well-designed radome takes specific application factors into consideration to avoid negatively affecting electro-magnetic performance of the antenna system. ITI radomes are evaluated and configured with the specific application requirements of the end user's system in mind.
Careful selection of a radome can improve overall system performance and readiness by:
- Allowing operation in severe weather by protecting the system from wind, rain, snow, hail, sand, salt spray, insects, animals, UV damage, windblown debris, and wide temperature fluctuations
- Providing security for the antenna system protecting it from observation, vandalism etc.
- Providing a controlled environment minimizing downtime, and extending component and system operating life
- Permitting the use of more economical antenna pedestals, foundations, and drive system components