As surveillance and tactical missions become more vital and missile speeds increase, there is a need to improve the performance of mid-wave infrared (MWIR) systems to provide higher quality images. Increasing missile velocities coupled with higher sensor performance requires commensurate improvements in window and dome performance, including aerodynamic (deep concave) shapes.
The mechanical, thermal and optical properties of CeraNova’s polycrystalline alumina – CeraLumina™ – including high hardness, high strength, high thermal shock resistance, and high transmission in the MWIR, make it an excellent material for use in demanding missile dome and window applications.
CeraNova’s unique powder processing method enables near-net shapes to be produced directly, which reduces the time and cost of grinding and polishing operations required for the final product.
For the past decade CeraNova has been providing domes of various sizes and shapes to meet customer required geometric and surface finish specifications. CeraNova is equipped to perform essentially all production and fabrication steps in house – from dome blank forming through metrology and final inspection.