Shipboard Radar

Shipboard radar systems are an important element of ship navigation and safety on ships. These systems operate using a rotating antenna or phased array antenna, which transmits and receives the RF waves. Depending on the need, shipboard radar systems can either be X-band or S-band. Both the weight and size of long-range radars means they can only be installed on larger ships.

Common applications for shipboard radar systems include the detection of other ships and obstacles, particularly for collision avoidance, and aiding in navigation by providing bearings, especially in low-visibility conditions.

Benefits of shipboard radar systems include:

  • Improved navigation
  • Identify and track hostile aircraft, missiles, and other threats

Coaxial Cables for Shipboard Radar Systems

Beyond the typical considerations for coaxial cables, there are additional requirements for cables and assemblies used for shipboard radar. These crucial requirements can include:

  • Phase matching and tracking
  • Low smoke, zero halogen construction
  • Saltwater and corrosion resistance
  • Vibration resistance
  • Made of flame-retardant materials


Systems are designed to protect the cables from damaging environmental factors. These assemblies often have special connectors also designed to withstand this harsh environment.

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