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Traveling Wave Tubes (TWT) are by far the most widely produced microwave tubes at Thales. Over the last 70 years, the TWT has demonstrated remarkable performance and an ability to adapt to most microwave applications.

With the advent of the digital battlefield, electronic warfare is playing a major role in all defence systems. Our microwave sources are at the heart of this changeover, and continue to provide the power amplification needed for the military systems that are key to peacekeeping and to protecting and supporting worldwide armed forces in their missions.

We’re ready to deliver solutions for your new projects, or help retrofit current systems. Furthermore, we guarantee the continuous production of all products to ensure the long-term operational availability of your defense systems, including the latest generation.

These new systems demand complete, compact and powerful solutions – in which Thales’s electronic tubes and power amplifiers play an important role. The new generation of transmitters and core module systems allow us to quickly respond to all market requirements.

Airborne radars

Thales offers complete solutions based on TWTs with their associated transmitters and on solid state transmitters. Thales is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Traveling Wave Tubes for airborne radars, spanning the frequency range from X-Band to W-Band, offering outstanding performance for both airborne radars and missile seekers. Thales products meet military environment standards for airborne operation and feature trouble-free operations under severe conditions: vibration, shock, altitude, EMC, salt fog and humidity.
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Broadband datalinks

Thales offers TWTs and complete transmitters designed for broadband datalinks. We have developed datalink solutions for satellite communication uplinks and Line of Sight (LOS) in response to market requirements.
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Thales offers a complete range of TWTs, and complete transmitters for your electronic countermeasure systems. Thales, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microwave tubes, designs and produces a family of Traveling Wave Tubes (TWTs) spanning a very wide frequency range, from 2 to 40 GHz. These highly-reliable broadband tubes are essential for all modern electronic countermeasures. Thales also offers a new generation of solid state transmitters with 200W power, for a frequency range from 2 to 6 GHz.
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Surface radars

Thales offers TWTs and complete tube-based power transmitters designed for surface radars. As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microwave tubes, Thales designs and produces tubes which span the frequency range from L band to Ka band, delivering outstanding performance for all types of radar: Traveling Wave Tubes (TWTs), klystrons, magnetrons, Cross-Field Amplifiers (CFAs). Surface radars, whether used on land or ships, or for civil or military applications, are called on for a growing range of sophisticated missions. These include air surveillance, meteorology, fire control and navigation. Each system has its own operating envelope that demands specific and high reliability solutions to withstand the harshest of environments.
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