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Expansion for Pulse Power and Measurement

Pulse Power and Measurement Ltd (PPM), based on Shrivenham Hundred Business Park near Swindon, is expanding into a further unit on the business park following rapid growth over the last two years.

The company, which was founded in 1994, has four business lines: PPM Systems, PPM PowerViaLite Communications and PPM Test. Further to growth across all four divisions, the company found itself requiring additional office space. The acquisition of Unit 77 met these requirements, with the property offering 2,000 sq. ft. of high quality offices, additional meeting rooms and further parking.


Martin Ryan, Managing Director at PPM, explained:

“The business has grown rapidly over the last two years and we needed more space to house the additional people and operations. We looked at potential new sites in the area but were happy to be able to co-locate our new facility on the same business park as our existing offices and manufacturing units.”

PPM expects to be settled in the new unit from the start of August. The existing PPM units (63-66) will continue to house the business’s manufacturing, production, test and stores areas, anechoic chamber, and existing offices and meeting rooms.

Bradley Forbes of Chartered Surveyors, Loveday said:

“We are delighted to have sourced a tenant for our client and wish PPM well with their expansion. It is encouraging to see businesses on Shrivenham Hundred thrive and expand.”

The PPM website can be visited at www.ppm.co.uk


SAS 260 Antennas from PPM Systems

SAS 260 antennaShrivenham-based PPM Systems has received a second order for SAS 260 antennas, for a European naval wideband electronic surveillance application.

One of the key customer requirements was a high resistance to vibration. These extremely durable dual band antennas can withstand shock and vibration up to 20 G and are specifically designed for deployments in demanding military and governmental applications in the harshest of environments. The dual band integral antennas are designed for a range of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) applications covering a wide range of receive signal levels and mounting options from land mobile to naval platforms.

Product features include dual low noise amplifiers, limiters and by-pass switches with antenna frequency ranges from 20 MHz -1 GHz in the low the band with 20 dB gain, and 1 GHz-6 GHz for high band with 28 dB gain. The SAS 218 version is also available with the same low band coverage and with an extended high band coverage from 1 GHz -18 GHz.

These antennas are omni-directional in azimuth and vertical polarisation with an operating temperature range of -32°C to +55°C, and are encased in a rugged radome .They are available in a wide range of radome colours.

“This repeat order is a continuing testament to the SAS 260’s exemplary performance and durability,” said Paul Cotterill, PPM Systems Business Development Manager.

PPM Systems provides a range of solutions and antennas for use within SIGINT, communications and jamming applications.

View product page for SAS-260-20.


Don’t miss PPM Systems at the Three Counties Defence and Security Expo

See us on stands 101 and 102!

3 Counties Defence and Security Expo (3CDSE) 2017PPM Systems will be exhibiting highly advanced military-grade products, such as the Rodent 4 remote antenna platform, at the Three Counties Defence & Security Expo (3CDSE) this May.

The Rodent 4 represents cutting-edge technology that provides a convenient way to deploy Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) antennas over hundreds of metres, allowing military personnel to remain at a safe distance from the targeted zone.

Further PPM Systems products being showcased include:

3CDSE is held at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern and is the region’s leading expo for defence and security. The event’s core premise is to provide a platform for military, suppliers and security agencies to identify common interests, solutions and opportunities. If your business relates to any of these categories, 3CDSE is an event not to be missed.

The PPM Systems team will be there to build mutually-beneficial business relationships in an enthusiastic environment, with PPM Systems products on display to bring ideas to life.


PPM Systems to Showcase RF over Fibre at DSEI

PPM Systems will be exhibiting at this year’s Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) trade show.

PPM Systems field deployable RF-over-fibre system and remote antenna optical platformOn display will be the UK company’s military RF over fibre system, which provides a way to deploy SIGINT antennas remotely, allowing personnel to remain a safe distance away. The optical transmission ensures immunity to interference from local RF sources.

Also featuring on the PPM Systems stand will be a range of magnetic and electric field antennas, the MAC Cellular Survey SDRx System and ViaLite’s commercial RF over fibre system.

PPM Systems specialises in military RF over fibre systems and custom RF design. Among its wide range of products are antennas and antenna systems for EW, SIGINT and comms; RF filtering and signal conditioning; RF spectrum receivers and signal generators; and RF over fibre radio extension (Forax).

At previous DSEI shows the company has shared a stand with supplier Antenna Research Associates (ARA), but both companies have their own stands this year, due to company growth and increased product ranges to showcase.

DSEI is taking place in ExCeL, London, from 12-15 September 2017 and PPM Systems will be on stand S3-242.


Comms range extension from the HARC-TD

Revolutionising Long-Distance Tactical Radio Communications – HARC-TD

Category: RF over Fibre Radio Extension

The HARC-TD (High Antennas for Radio Communications-Tethered Drone) caused a lot of excitement when its design was first announced. Now it is due to generate more with the announcement that it is available to order from PPM Systems.

A lightweight expeditionary system, the HARC-TD uses an electric drone to provide up to 20 miles (38km) of radio range extension for any UHF Tactical Radio Waveform (225-450 MHz); adding dramatic network and communications range extension. Common waveforms used by tactical communicators in this band are SRW, ANW2 and AM/FM voice. They can be encrypted or clear-text. The HARC-TD system is waveform independent and optimised for network, data and voice communicators, operating equally well with military and civilian radios.

The system uses Lockheed Martin’s proven Indago drone. Electrically powered via its tether, the HARC-TD-50 drone can fly indefinitely, for hours or days, 50m (150ft) above ground level. The drone is small with a low visual profile, quiet, safe to handle and portable. It can fly at density altitudes of up to 3600m (12,0000ft).

The system allows the radio to stay on the ground while the antenna is high overhead. Deployment is simple with the drone rapidly ascending to a user-set altitude where it remains on station.

The Indago drone has been modified for HARC-TD to allow for tethered flight. Ground power to the drone can be universal input AC, including from a generator or DC from a vehicle supply. If power is interrupted, the drone safely descends using its on-board backup battery.

PPM Systems is Syntonics’ UK distributor for all HARC products.

> View the HARC-TD-50 datasheet
> View the Indago brochure
> RF over Fibre Radio Extension


PPM Recognised as Gold Investor in People

PPM building

PPM has been awarded the Investors in People Gold standard, joining the top 14% of accredited organisations across the UK who believe in realising the potential of their people.

Investors in People is the UK’s leading accreditation for business improvement through people management, and provides a wealth of resources for businesses to innovate, improve and grow, with a focus on good people making great business.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate PPM on their Gold standard. Such a high level of accreditation is the sign of great people management practice, and demonstrates a commitment to staff development and shows an organisation committed to being the very best it can be. PPM should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

Commenting on the award, Amair Khan, Business Development Manager at PPM, said: “I am very proud to be part of the organisation. It is a great team to work for, with staff that inspire each other to become leaders in their field. Working together as one team helps us achieve our global presence successfully. Thank you PPM for believing in your employees.”

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