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Saint-Gobain Develops High Technology Radome for Bombardier Challenger and CRJ

11 November 2005

Saint-Gobain Flight Structures has introduced a new concept of nose radome for the Bombardier Challenger business jet and CRJ regional jet aircraft.

The innovative design features high technology internal lightning diverters, lightweight composite components and the incorporation of their Norton Armor and Stormview radome technologies. Stormview is claimed to provide enhanced radar vision through better signal transmission, whilst Norton Armor provides protection from in flight erosion and damage.

“This new radome brings the latest and best in radome technology to the Bombardier aircraft”, stated Eric Hilliard, Business Manager for Flight Structures. “The internal diverters not only make the radome look sleek, but they will greatly improve in-service life by reducing the common erosion problems seen in paint and diverters on radomes.”

Saint-Gobain is obtaining the FAA STC-PMA approval for this leading edge radome for the commercial aftermarket which is expected by year end. The radome was designed to achieve a high transmission efficiency, and the radome meets Class A, and Category 1 requirements for RTCA/DO-213.