BAE Systems Chairman's Award – Bronze Award 2011 for SCHLEIFRING
With this award, BAE Systems recognises people whose ideas, actions and behaviours make BAE Systems more competitive. Gregor Popp from Schleifring und Apparatebau GmbH and Sam Robinson from Schleifring Systems Ltd. offered a special solution for the innovation team: A 24-way optical rotary joint for the "Artisan 3D – RF over Optic System" project. The choice of this optical rotary joint allowed the Artisan Radar to meet a stringent masthead weight, a requirement which could not be met with traditional solutions. With less hardware in the antenna, the reliability is improved and maintenance needs are reduced. Finally, the increased channel to channel isolation allows a more accurate calibration of the radar.