Partnering opportunity

UK-developed body worn antenna available for licence

Summary

A technology transfer organisation in the UK that specialises in the commercialisation of defence research is licensing high performance body worn antenna for electronic warfare and communications. Due to their small size the antennas could be integrated in various ways such as into a vest, or on the straps of a backpack or radio. The company is looking to offer a license agreement to security and defence related product suppliers to develop into commercial product.

Partner expertise sought

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Description

Electronic warfare equipment has traditionally employed large vertical omnidirectional antennas. However, they present operational challenges for their users as they are low gain, highly visible, and can limit manoeuvrability in operational environments. This new body worn antenna system overcomes these limitations, increases performance and reduces cost. Developed by the UK Ministry of Defence, this new system comprises multiple directional antennas and represents a step change in the performance of body worn antenna technology. It uses multiple distributed higher-gain directional antennas to reduce the Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) requirements while increasing the total system performance. Due to their small size the antennas could be integrated in various ways such as into a vest, or on the straps of a backpack or radio. Indoor and outdoor testing of prototypes from just 50mm in length have shown excellent performance. Multiple systems have been designed and tested which cover frequencies from 300 MHz to 6 GHz, with development continuing towards higher frequencies. This configuration maximises radiation efficiency which enables a higher power on target, greater range, and/or longer battery endurance/lower weight depending on the system drivers. This novel body worn antenna system has numerous applications in defence and security, search and rescue and other specialist civilian applications. The company is looking to offer a license agreement to security and defence related product suppliers.

Advantages and innovations

● Higher and more consistent gain ● Higher power on target, greater range, and/or longer battery endurance ● Greater robustness and less prone to snagging ● Low manufacturing costs owing to simple design ● Discrete antenna reduces visual signature

Development stage

Available for demonstration

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Patents granted


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