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An X-band, low-noise, linearized microwave power amplifier module consisting of a low-noise solid-state amplifier (SSA), predistortion linearizing circuit, and low-gain helix traveling wave tube (TWT) is designed and tested in order to demonstrate both reduced noise figure and suppressed intermodulation distortion ratio. Two-tone intermodulation distortion (IMD) ratios are predicted from simulations obtained from modeling of the TWT, linearizing circuit, and SSA by the use of Agilent's Advanced Design System simulation code. Simulated IMD ratios are in good agreement with measured results. Measurements show a noise figure of 2.2 dB at 9.5 GHz and the third-order IMD ratio of -53 dBc at 10 dB input back off from the input P1dB point. It is found that both noise figure and IMD ratio are significantly improved compared with conventional helix-TWTs and microwave power modules.