Jim Forbes of Leonardo talked about the manufacture of equipment for RADAR at the LRS meeting on 22nd March 2017.

He writes: "Leonardo is a multinational defence company specialising mainly in military products. The Edinburgh division, which traces its roots back to Ferranti in 1942, specialises in Radar systems and in Lasers.  I have worked in Hybrid Microelectronics for over 38 years. Its all about packaging of multiple bare die on thick or thin film ceramic substrates, also soft board to achieve savings in space and weight which is particularly important in airborne systems. Most of the product is hermetically sealed. For the past 25 years or so I’ve worked on the manufacture of complex microwave modules for a large number of the company’s products.  Full report soon.

Leonardo Captor-E Radar in aircraft nose-cone.

Photo courtesy Leonardo