Our Facilities

RF Plotting Range

The large turntable, antenna array and plotting hut allows the measurement of antenna radiated patterns.

The antenna range at Malvern Optical consists of a 7.3 m turntable (maximum load 70 tonnes), an antenna array and associated measurement laboratory.

Using this facility, it is possible to measure antenna radiated patterns (ARP polar plots) for assessment of the directional properties of antennas – in line with UK Defence Standard 59-411.

Correct positioning of antennas is critical to the performance of any communications system. Assessment using ARP can determine the impact of positioning or interference from other structural components.

Our test range can be used for both mobile platforms and static installations using a large turntable to rotate the sample, avoiding the need to move the test equipment set-up.

RF plotting range
RF-Plotting-range with tank cannon in view

We have a range of receiving antennas for testing purposes, from the large antenna array to smaller bi-conical or horn antennas, in order to determine antenna radiated performance (with positioning or gain). The facility can also be used to support other Customer requirements in different frequency ranges using their own test equipment, if desired.

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Our unique capabilities

Testing &

We can support the testing and evaluation of materials, systems and platforms.

Research & development

Our technical teams are involved in the development of novel materials and systems. 

Technical consultancy

Our scientists and engineers can provide ad-hoc support or fully integrate with your team.

Other specialist

Explore our other first-class test and experimentation facilities at our Pershore site.

Site Location

Our RF Plotting Range is located at our site on Throckmorton Airfield.

Formally known as RAF Pershore, Throck Morton Airfield is home to the Throckmorton Air Show and was built in the 1940s, during the Second World War and was home to No 23 Operational Training Unit equipped with Wellington bombers.

Malvern Optical,
Hangar 3, Throckmorton Airfield,
Long Ln, Throckmorton,
Pershore WR10 2JH

Aerial photograph of pershore facility

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Our Other Facilities

Our first-class facilities in Pershore, UK provide laboratory and outdoor range capabilities to enable a wide range of experimentation and field trials.

An RF quiet environment for sensitive electromagnetic testing of very large platforms and equipment.
Our large turntable facility allows the precise rotation of large platforms or installations for test purposes.
This Facility provides a large test area with controlled lighting conditions, from twilight to complete darkness.
Malvern Optical has access to a laser and imaging range over 450m which can accommodate lasers up to Class 4.
Malvern Optical has a suite of measurement equipment that can be used both in the laboratory and field.
Our specialist materials laboratories can be used to create prototype novel materials for evaluation.
We can evaluate commercially available and prototype electro-optic sensors using our extensive facilities.

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If you want to find out more about our unique facilities and if we are a good fit for your projects, get in touch today and we’ll arrange a free consultation.