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Our Expertise

dB Systems is an industry-leading small business that designs, tests, and manufactures high quality, fully compliant, low-cost antennas used in terminal aircraft navigation and landing.

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The beginning

dB Systems was built on decades of experience in the NAVAID world extending back to the 1950s when the original TACAN antenna patent assignee, Sidney Pickles (mentor of dB Systems’ co-founder) worked at ITT New Jersey. The dBs team is well versed in NAVAIDS product lifecycle: from the development of a system to the development of its replacement. In the 1970s, Dean Thornberg, a dBs founder, was the project lead for the original TRN-41 system, the same key people performed the 1980s TRN-41 upgrade of an all band antenna and azimuth monitor to the proven system that has served the USAF faithfully for more than 30 years. dBs is also the designer and sole producer of the 950E(T) TACAN antenna. The dBs solution leverages an intimate understanding of the TRN-41 and the 950E(T) system, its upgrades, benefits, and limitations, plus state-of-the-art scanning technology.

ABILITY TO MEET REQUIREMENTS

dBs is currently under contract for TACAN-related services or deliverables with the USAF, USN, and USMC. The company stays at the forefront of technology and is always designing the next generation of products. As designers and manufacturers of a complete line up of TACAN antennas, including Tall Fixed Base (FA-10369, 900A, 900B, 900E*, 950ET*), Lightweight Rugged Mobile (TRN-26, SRN-15A, JTP700, 950ET*), Man-portable (AS-3132/T, AS-4502/T*, 710E*), Shipboard (AS-2394/TRN-26, SRN-15, AS-3240(A)*), 15 Hz Only (AN/TRN-22, 715E*, 760E*), dBs is fully capable and uniquely suited to provide support for refurbishment to A condition.

*These antennas are in production and available from dB Systems, Inc.

Our Qualifications

As dBs is the manufacturer of both the TRN-41 antenna system and the 950E(T) antenna system, we are qualified to provide top-tier quality service. We have all the necessary equipment and/or vendors at our disposal to provide exemplary work and quick turn-around.

dB Systems currently overhauls, repairs, tests, and certifies for use TACAN antennas for the DoD. Specific areas of interest may include: Navy, SPAWAR San Diego, AS-3240(A) shipboard TACAN antennas; USMC TRN-41 man-portable TACAN antenna AS-4502/T antennas; and dBs 950E(T) Mobile TACAN antenna. dB Systems is qualified for all repair, overhaul, and refurbishment work types on these antenna systems. In some of the cases mentioned, dBs is the only qualified repair authority.

dBs has a rigorous and constant system Engineering Change Proposal and upgrade policy. dBs stays at the forefront of the TACAN technology by maintaining a consistent and continual New Product development and Current Product upgrade system. dBs is committed to keeping our systems up to date as technology develops. We are directly connected to our customers at periodic and frequent intervals, in addition to an encouraged open communication policy. Our customers’ needs are important. If it can be done, we can and will always find a way to outfit the system with the features our customers require or request.

Committed to innovation

dBs is intimately familiar with the fundamentals of TACAN principles. We are and will continue to be a leader in legacy, current, and future technologies for support of TACAN in the NAS.

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