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A microwave integrated circuit (MIC) front end which satisfies stringent environmental and filtering requirements has been developed; the design objectives were based on the requirements typical of an L-band receiver for an identification friend or foe (IFF) transponder. The front end includes a preselector, a balanced mixer, and a multiplier for providing the local oscillator (LO) signal. A compact low-loss design has been achieved for the bandpass filter portion of the preselector through the use of "hairpin" resonators. Use of a semilumped 3-dB coupler has resulted in a significant reduction in the size of the mixer. The front-end noise figure was measured to be 10.4 dB at room temperature, with a maximum of 14.0 dB at 125/spl deg/C. All spurious responses were measured to be more than 80 dB down, and LO reradiation was -67 dBm. Dynamic range was greater than 70 dB.