duction. The largest antenna production program in DoD history began as a Phase I program in 2004 with First RF, and since then, over 120,000 antennas have been produced that support ultra-wideband Electronic Warfare against radio-IED threats in the Middle East. Their recent contract with the Army resulted in over 160,000 tactical vehicular antenna systems being delivered to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This multidecade antenna technology became the first antenna designated as the Army “Common Antenna” capable of performing multiple communications and EW functions critical in the Global War on Terror. It was because of this technology that First RF received the National Army SBIR Commercialization Excellence Award in 2010 for outstanding commercialization success of an SBIR program. Sales of advanced ultra-broadband antenna products for the company are in the $200 million range. First RF is a woman-owned small business and offers a wide range of commercial off the shelf antenna products and COTS components for airborne, vehicular,
fixed site, space, and man-portable applications. FIRST RF, in collaboration with multiple prime contractors, has developed advanced antenna and radio frequency (RF) technologies for future airborne and ground-based sensors. The company has successfully transitioned the technology developed under several projects to various systems integrators, including SRC, ITT, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Cubic, Argon ST, BAE Systems, Sierra Nevada Corp., Cobham, LGS, and Honeywell. Government customers include the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, MDA, DARPA; NASA, NOAA; Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. First RF was awarded the Raytheon Missile Systems 3-Star Excellence Award and The Tibbetts Award in 2011.With a commercialization achievement index of a perfect 100, First RF has earned a stellar reputation in the industry.
Ku-Band phased arrays and multi-band antenna systems developed by FIRST RF have demonstrated greatly improved range and coverage on Navy helicopters. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)
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