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Publication Date: 12/1/2010
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Gore Delivers Lighter RG Coax
Thinner, lighter aerospace cables.
Landenberg, PA — W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., has introduced a new, lighter-weight RG coaxial cable for aircraft communication and navigation systems, providing significant weight savings without compromising performance. When compared to standard RG coaxial cables, these new cables reduce operating costs because they are as much as 20 percent lighter with a 15 percent smaller diameter. This smaller and lighter profile coaxial cable still meets the stringent electrical and mechanical requirements of MIL-T-81790 and EN 3475-503. The cables engineered for electrical impedance of 50Ω and 75Ω also exceed the electrical requirements of MIL-C-17G.
The special cable design facilitates easier routing and improved abrasion resistance. According to the company, the unique jacketing material used in the cable's construction significantly reduces size while maintaining shielding effectiveness, controlling impedance, and withstanding operating temperatures ranging from -65 to 150°C.
Although weight is a crucial factor for the aerospace industry, the performance of cables cannot be compromised to reduce mass. The company's experience in developing fluoropolymer-based materials for the rugged environments encountered by aircraft have enabled consistent delivery of high-performance, lightweight cables that meet RG specifications. The new lightweight RG coaxial cables are suitable for both newly designed systems and retrofit applications because their standard range of RF connectors can be terminated using standard tooling and processes.
Contact: W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., 402 Vieve's Way, Elkton, MD 21922
800-445-4673 or 410-392-4100 fax: 410-392-9628 Web:
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