ANALYSIS OF EXISTING RADIOPARENT REFRACTORY MATERIALS,
COMPOSITES AND TECHNOLOGY FOR CREATING HIGH-SPEED
ROCKET RADOMES. PART 4. CERAMIC TECHNOLOGY FOR PRODUCING
GLASS CERAMIC RADOMES. ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES.
PROSPECTS FOR MODERNIZATION
E. I. Suzdal’tsev,
D. V. Kharitonov,
and A. A. Anashkina
Translated from Novye Ogneupory, No. 9, pp. 34 – 44, September 2010.
Original article submitted March 22, 2010.
Existing ceramic technology is analyzed for producing high-speed zenith guided rocket antenna radomes
made of glass ceramic OTM-357. This is the main production operations, and their disadvantages are noted.
Prospects are considered for modernizing the technology.
Keywords: ceramic technology, glass ceramic, rocket radomes.
Analysis of the synthesis of glass ceramic materials, pre-
sented in part 3 of this work, points to rapidly developing
new methods, and new areas in the field of sitall technology.
In the former USSR production of radioparent radomes from
sitalls for rockets, created by order of the Ministry of De-
fence, were concentrated in single enterprises, which re-
mained outside Russia. In addition, materials developed in
the 1960 – 1970s, including sitalls (AS 418, AS370, AS 023,
etc.) are ageing and do not relate to new specifications laid
down for radomes. In this connection there is evidently a re
quirement for performing research in the area of synthesizing
new materials, with a capacity to provide import substitution
of sitall radomes for making up Russian military technology,
and the possibility of creating radomes for future rockets. In
addition, the dependence on an overseas state in the manu
facture of military products could cause unjustifiable damage
to the military capabilities of the country and the export of
military products from Russia.
In the Obninsk Scientific and Production Enterprise
Tekhnologiya effective technology has been proposed, scien
tifically substantiated, and subsequently implemented for
synthesis of glass ceramic materials [1 – 4], combining ele
ments of ceramic and glass technology and serving as a basis
for creating a new scientific area in the field of synthesizing
glass ceramic materials.
The main practical results of ten years of research consist
of creating a new class of glass ceramic materials (a series of
materials of the type OTM-357) and development of technol-
ogy for manufacturing more than ten forms of rocket ra-
domes (Fig. 1), providing solution of important state prob-
lems, i.e. import substitution of sitall radomes for the com-
pletion of contemporary and future rocket technology. The
importance and state significance of work in this field is con
firmed by valuable financing from the Russian budget, and
also the situation that the personnel of FGUP ONPP
Tekhnologiya, directly taking part in the work of this devel
opment, have been awarded prizes from the RF government
Refractories and Industrial Ceramics Vol. 51, No. 5, January, 2011
1083-4877/11/5105-0349 © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Parts1–3published in Novye Ogneupory, Nos.6–8(2010).
FGUP ONPP Tekhnologiya, Obninsk, Kaluga Region, Russia.
Fig. 1. Glass ceramic rocket radomes produced by FGUP ONPP