Ceradyne, Inc. has been awarded a $342,000 research phase I contract by NAVAIR of China Lake, Calif., to develop a next-generation, high-performance ceramic missile radome (nose cone). The material will be a variation of Ceradyne’s silicon nitride (Si3N4) advanced ceramic technology. Ceradyne intends to subcontract certain tasks to the Boeing Corp.
Biljana Mikijelj, Ph.D., Ceradyne’s R&D director, is the principal investigator on this program. “We are very pleased to have received this research award in order to develop next-generation ceramic missile radome materials,” said Mikijelj. “Ceradyne’s Scottsdale, Ga., plant is a dedicated state-of-the-art production ceramic radome facility producing not only the ceramic missile radome blank, but the high-precision diamond-machined finished component. Although phase I will be completed in 2010, we anticipate that other phases over a three-year period will be awarded.”
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