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Defense – Aeronautics – Astronautics

ShockLine family of VNAs provides a range of solutions to meet the demands of many defense and air/space applications. Offering solutions that meet a variety of size, performance, security, and cost requirements, these products provide capabilities to match many of the unique challenges in this market.

Optimized performance: ShockLine VNAs can lower the cost-of-test in many high frequency applications that have are generally addressed by more complex and higher priced VNAs. In many cases, testing and maintenance requirements in this sector require high frequency capabilities but may only require s-parameter measurements such as radar dome and other aircraft maintenance tests. Such applications are a great fit for ShockLine VNAs.

Durability: Many applications in the defense and aeronautics and space sector are done in relatively harsh environments where equipment durability is key. Remote rack test applications that are used onsite to test and maintain systems on ships, planes and other vehicles require robust and reliable equipment. ShockLine VNAs are a good fit for many of these types of installations where keypads or touchscreens are not needed and durability is required.

Speed: Like manufacturing, applications in this area require excellent throughput. Fast sweep speeds, remote control through modern USB or Ethernet interfaces, minimal overhead in SCPI, and driver programming interfaces all add up to give ShockLine VNAs fast measurement speeds and great throughput.

Size: All of the ShockLine VNAs come in small, robust chassis. In this market that enables users unique opportunities to optimize and reduce the complexity of their test setups. Smaller instruments allow flexibility in mounting and installation that larger more traditional VNAs do not. In testing large defense and air/space RF and microwave systems, sometime testers need to be mobile in order to access the system under test. Smaller ShockLine VNAs enable mobility in these unique solutions that larger competitive VNAs do not.

Ease of use: With comprehensive graphical and remote control programming capabilities, ShockLine VNAs enable defense, aeronautic, and astronautic users the ability to produce and deploy test programs and procedures very efficiently. Unique software tools, like easyTest, enable graphical step-by-step operation guides that can be used to simplify training and enable test technicians to master test procedures faster.

Model Comparison for Defense, Aeronautics, and the Astronautic Environment

With 15 models to choose from, the ShockLine family of VNAs has a solution to meet the test and measurement requirements in a defense, aeronautic, and astronautic environment. Compact and durable, the ShockLine family of VNAs are ready-to-use right out of the box.

 
MS46522B
MS46522B / MS46524B
MS46122B
ms46122b
MS46121b
Models
Frequency Range
55 GHz to 92 GHz
(Extended E-band)
50 kHz to
8.5/20/43.5 GHz
1 MHz to 8/20/43.5 GHz
1 MHz to 8/20/43.5 GHz
40 MHz to 4 GHz
150 kHz to 6 GHz
Dynamic Range
(@10 Hz IFBW)
≥106 dB, 60 GHz to 67 GHz
≥110 dB, >67 GHz to 87 GHz
≥ 98 dB, >87 GHz to 90 GHz
≥140 dB, 50 MHz to 2 GHz
≥130 dB, 2 GHz to 6 GHz
≥114 dB, 6 GHz to 40 GHz
≥85 dB, 1 MHz to 10 MHz
≥95 dB, >10 MHz to 14 GHz
≥100 dB, >14 MHz to 40 GHz
≥85 dB, 1 MHz to 10 MHz
≥95 dB, >10 MHz to 14 GHz
≥100 dB, >14 MHz to 40 GHz
Scalar Transmission: 80 dB
(typical, 150 kHz to 6 GHz)¹
Trace Noise (rms)
(100 Hz IFBW)
≤0.004 dB, 60 GHz to 90 GHz
≤0.004 dB, 300 kHz to 40 GHz
≤0.006 dB, 20 MHz to 40 GHz
≤0.006 dB, 20 MHz to 40 GHz
0.02 dB (typical),
150 kHz to 6 GHz
Port Power
Variable output level range:
-60 to 0 dBm
Variable output level range:
-30 to +15 dBm
High State: +5, -3 dBm
Low State: -20 dBm
High State: +5, -3 dBm
Low State: -20 dBm
Nominal Output:
-5 dBm (150 kHz to 46 MHz)
+3 dBm (>46 MHz to 4 GHz)
-5 dBm (>4 GHz to 6 GHz)
Measurement
Speed, Typical
(optimal sweep setup)
30 µs/point
30 µs/point
130 µs/point
130 µs/point
120 µs/point
Major Options
Time Domain and
Rack-Mount
Time Domain,
Advanced Time Domain,
Loops, Bias Tees,
and Rack-Mount
Time Domain and
Rack-Mount
Time Domain
Rack-Mount
(standard option)
Low Pass Time Domain
(Band Pass TD standard)
Hardware Communication Interface
LAN
LAN
LAN
USB
USB
Calibration
SOLT, SOLR, SSLT,
SSST, LRL/LRM, WG,
Microstrip, Thru Update
SOLT, SOLR, SSLT,
SSST, LRL/LRM, WG,
Microstrip,
AutoCal/SmartCal,
Thru Update
SOLT, SOLR, SSLT,
SSST, LRL/LRM, WG,
Microstrip,
AutoCal/SmartCal,
Thru Update
SOLT, SOLR, SSLT,
SSST, LRL/LRM, WG,
Microstrip,
AutoCal/SmartCal,
Thru Update
SOL, Scalar Thru
(with option 21),
AutoCal/SmartCal
Sweep Type
Freq: Linear, Log, CW,
Segmented
Power: Linear
Freq: Linear, Log, CW,
Segmented
Power: Linear
Freq: Linear, Log, CW,
Segmented
Freq: Linear, Log, CW,
Segmented
Freq: Linear, Log, CW,
Segmented
Max Number
of Points
20,001
20,001
16,001
16,001
20,001
1 Specified using two MS46121B instruments with option 21 at 30 Hz IFBW with external reference