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Source: The post is based on the article “Carborundum Universal partners DRDO for ‘ceramic radome’ technology” published in the Business Standard on 20th March 2023.
What is the News?
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has entered an agreement with a private sector firm for manufacturing ceramic radomes.
About ceramic radomes
Ceramic radome is regarded as an essential, state-of-the-art technology for ballistic and tactical missiles and high-performance aircraft.
Need: Missiles undergo extremely high surface temperatures while travelling through the atmosphere, and while re-entering from space. To withstand those temperatures, radomes located at the tip of a missile are made of ceramic.
How present demand for ceramic radomes are met?
The ceramic radomes have been developed indigenously by Research Centre Imarat (RCI) which has developed India’s missile arsenal.
Note: RCI is India’s premier DRDO laboratory for carrying out R&D in the technologies of control engineering, inertial navigation, imaging infrared seekers, radio frequency seekers and systems, onboard computers and mission software.
What is ceramic?
It is classified as inorganic and nonmetallic material. Ceramics are corrosion-resistant, hard, and brittle.
The majority of ceramics are excellent insulators and can withstand high temperatures.
What are radomes?
Radomes are structures or enclosures designed to protect an antenna and associated electronics from the surrounding environment and elements such as rain, UV light, etc.