Recently, Carborundum Universal Limited (CUMI), a private sector pioneer in material sciences, has signed a “Licensing Agreement for Transfer of Technology” with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for manufacturing ceramic radomes used in aerospace and missile systems.
About Ceramic Radome technology:
- Ceramic Radome Technology is the state-of-the-art technology for Missiles across the world. ASTRA/ QRSAM, high Mach missiles experience high surface temperatures during their traverse due to atmospheric thermal heating.
- To mitigate the thermal heating, Ceramic is considered a radome material.
- Ceramic Radome fabrication is a two-stage process, gel-casting followed by sintering.
What is ceramic?
- Ceramics are classified as inorganic and nonmetallic materials that are essential to our daily lifestyle.
- Properties of ceramics: In general, ceramics are corrosion-resistant, hard, and brittle. The majority of ceramics is also excellent insulators and can withstand high temperatures.
What is Radome?
- Radomes are structures or enclosures designed to protect an antenna and associated electronics from the surrounding environment and elements such as rain, snow, UV light, and strong wind.
Q1) What is QRSAM?
QRSAM is a Short Range Surface to Air Missile system designed to protect moving armoured columns from aerial attacks. It was designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).