RF Systems Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E)

Advancing the state-of-the-art in RF Systems

Research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) of radio frequency (RF) systems has been an integral part of Dynetics’ business since the company’s inception. From concept development to system integration, to design and testing of sensor components and algorithms, our efforts continue to advance the state of the art in RF systems. Dynetics has technical expertise in the technologies and components critical to the analysis and development of RF systems, including:

  • Radar and seeker system design
  • Antenna design and evaluation
  • Receiver/exciter design
  • Complex signal processing
  • Environment modeling
  • Test systems including RF and digital signal injectors

Hardware Components

Dynetics’ work extends to hardware components that comprise RF systems and subsystems. In support of government customers, Dynetics analyzes and assesses prime contractor microwave hardware designs for antennas, transmitters, receivers, and exciters.

Our services include:

  • Modeling and assessing antenna error effects on pattern characteristics
  • Monitoring receive chain input/output consistency
  • Determining critical signal levels
  • Validating gain and noise figure and phase noise specifications

Dynetics supports extensive efforts in the simulation, modeling, and analysis of RF seekers. We have developed several RF seeker simulation tools, including the Generic Seeker Simulation (GENSS). GENSS is a physics-based, fully closed-loop seeker simulation tool that models active, semi-active, and passive RF seekers. GENSS contains a suite of models that simulates the entire RF seeker engagement including handover, waveforms, seeker mode logic, guidance, and missile dynamics.

Dynetics is also an industry leader in RF system testing, with experience in the development and integration of RF and digital signal injectors for testing RF hardware performance and signal and data processing algorithms. These tools provide cost-effective, robust capabilities for assessing RF system and subsystem performance. Dynetics accurately identifies potential problems and mitigates them prior to flight testing.

Dynetics’ Capabilities for New Systems

The Department of Defense (DoD) is transitioning from "stove-piped" systems to a system of netted and distributed sensors, weapons, and command posts. As this transition takes place, a common air picture is required that will be resident at multiple nodes for situational awareness and for conducting engagements. This air picture will be formed at each node via a distributed track management system that utilizes fusion of tracking data from multiple sensors.

Dynetics develops the necessary tools to evaluate candidate track management approaches and to set air picture requirements. An example of this type of tool is the Dynetics Composite Tracking and Data Fusion Experiment (CoDEx), which assesses track management in the distributed Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) architecture.

With almost 40 years of experience supporting RF systems RDT&E, Dynetics provides innovative solutions that enhance the efficiency of RF systems for our customers’ needs.