Military Aircraft Radomes

The Most Multi-band Radomes in Flight

General Dynamics has produced tens of thousands of radomes for more than 25 military aircraft platforms and pods in the areas of Airlift, Bomber, Cargo, Electronic Warfare, Fighter, Reconnaissance and Strike.

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News Release: General Dynamics to Provide Wideband Radomes For F-16


General Dynamics produces fire control nose radomes for a majority of the US military fixed wing fighter and strike aircraft including wideband radomes for the most advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar systems. Other military applications include data link, electronic counter-measures, electronic warfare, SatCom and other specialized uses.

Key Capabilities:

  • Electrical (RF) design/analysis
  • Structural design/analysis
  • Lightning direct effects protection
  • Mechanical design
  • Tool design
  • Material and process engineering
  • High precision machining
  • Radio frequency (RF) testing
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT)
  • Repair

Radome Qualification Experience

  • Material Allowables
  • Static Loads
  • Mechanical Shock & Vibration
  • Fatigue
  • Bird Strike
  • Low Velocity Impact Damage (LVID)
  • Fluids Resistance
  • Rain Impact/Erosion
  • Lightning Protection
  • Other Environmental Qualification
  • Electrical (RF) Performance
  • Supplemental Type Certification


  • Approximately one million square feet of manufacturing space in Marion, Virginia n Indoor and outdoor RF test ranges
  • Large autoclaves (up to 11 feet in diameter and 50 feet in length)
  • FAA Repair Station Certification Number VQBR980L 

Platform/Radome Examples

  • Fighter/Attack
    • F-35
    • F/A-18
    • F-16
    • F-15
    • F-20
    • F-14
    • F-5
    • F-4
    • F-111
    • AV-8B
    • A-4
    • Mirage III
    • L-159
  • Bomber
    • B-1B
  • Cargo
    • C-130
    • C-17
    • C-5
  • Electronic Warfare
    • EA-18G
    • EA-6B
    • Next Gen Jammer Pod
    • AN/ALQ-99 Pod
  • Reconnaissance
    • SR-71
    • RQ-4
  • Battle Management Command and Control (BMC2)
    • E-10