Specialist Microwave Solutions Ltd. (SMS) has been awarded a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) sponsored by the UK Technology Strategy Board. As a result, SMS will work together with Cranfield University’s Manufacturing Department, within the School of Applied Sciences and with their microwave experts from the Defence and Security academy in Shrivenham, to develop cost-effective microwave sources and associated technologies for radar, secure communications and electronic sensing system applications.

SMS Ltd. enjoys a strong market presence in the UK for microwave components, assemblies and sub-systems for the aerospace, defence and industrial sectors; successful achievement of the KTP will expand the company’s capability to include complex state-of-the-art microwave sources.

Benefits will include increased value added within their existing component and sub-system business as a result of the ability to reduce costs by higher levels of integration and less reliance on bought-in parts. Cranfield University has strong expertise in microwave engineering, design optimisation, cost engineering, value engineering, and obsolescence management, across a range of industry sectors and has successfully conducted a number of projects in these areas.