Link Microtek has recreated an obsolete test system for a prime contractor in the defence industry to enable the end customer to continue critical support for an avionics EW (electronic warfare) system.
With its expertise in microwave engineering, electronics and mechanical design, Link Microtek was able to reproduce the complex unit working only from a set of old drawings and some parts. The unit was originally designed over 25 years ago, and no other specifications or technical details were available.
“As is often the case when dealing with obsolescence, most of the original assembly instructions and knowledge had been lost in the mists of time,” commented Steve Cranstone, Link Microtek’s managing director. “So that did make it a challenging project, not least in recreating the exact same full-custom end-plate castings, which form the precision interface with the avionics system.”