The picture above shows Senior Scientist
Rene Rogers standing with an experimental klystron that will someday be
part of the AWACS Program. This device is for a radar system used by the
U.S. Air Force and our allies in NATO, England, France, Saudi Arabia and
most recently Japan. (from Litton Log Volume
15 #1, Feb. 1995) (click photo for larger view!)
CUSTOMERS MEAN BUSINESS
Why is this man smiling?
AWACS PROGRAM GROWS
by Glen Davis
Ever wonder who attends those large
meetings in the upstairs conference
rooms? Who parks in the
reserved areas at the front of the south parking lot? Who takes
entire sections of the cafeteria at lunch? You'll be happy to
know that many of them are our favorite people CUSTOMERS!
The picture above shows
Senior Scientist Rene Rogers standing with an experimental
klystron tube that will someday be part of the AWACS program. This
device is for a radar system used by the US Air Force and our
allies in NATO, England. France, Saudi Arabia and most recently,
Japan Their representatives have attended recent meetings here
along with people from McClellan AFB, Tinker AFB, Hansoom AFB,
Wright-Patterson AFB, Langley AFB, Westinghouse, Boeing, the Navy,
and the Pentagon.
Did I miss anyone?
The device incorporates
several patented designs developed here by Rene and Bob Symons,
our Technical Director. It is called the Clustered Cavity Klystron
(our trademark) or CCK This wide-band tube is stateof-the-art.
the past few months we have hosted several meetings with an international
team of expenses. They have reviewed our progress and formulated a program
that will lead to a "full spec" qualified device We hope to be
on contract before spring to finish the development work and prepare for
full-scale production. See
- Continued from page 1
Our engineering team will
include Mark Kirshner as Project Engineer, Rene Rogers as Senior
Scientist, Danny Rimando and Walt Gasta as staff engineers, and
Jim Morton in Design Services.
Mark and Danny join the team
after a very successful qualification of another CCK tube.
They will be supported by a host of engineering and
manufacturing people too many to list.
In the meantime, we
already have a contract With Sacramento Air Logistics Center at
McClellan AFB to repair the existing radar klystrons used by the
We have maintained our "Blue
Ribbon Contractor" status on the program since 1992. Bob
Hansen and Dick Nye have been the primary engineers on that
program, supported by a great PG-34 manufacturing and test team.
Any wonder that Rene is smiling?