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New Army electronic warfare weapons change ‘jamming’ attack tactics


What if an advancing Army armored unit had been maneuvering by means of mountainous terrain to “close with an enemy” when it’s immediately hit and disabled by an incoming artillery attack … as a result of a small, hovering enemy drone finds its location and transmits an electronic sign again to an enemy firebase? With its location compromised, the unit is paralyzed by enemy hearth and denied freedom of maneuver.

Nonetheless, what if the armored unit is ready to change its location and obscure itself from enemy hearth when an EW (Electronic Warfare) detection system finds the electronic signature emitting from the enemy drone, deconflicts it from pleasant electromagnetic emissions after which “jams” the info hyperlink connecting the drone to its operators, instantly disrupting the enemies’ means to know the situation, velocity and route of the attacking pleasant power. Merely put, the maneuvering power can now not be focused by the enemy as a result of the drone’s electronic sensors and transmission programs have been destroyed or rendered ineffective.

Or, how about if a reconnaissance unit of dismounted troopers scouting by means of enemy territory encounters large interference with its radio hyperlinks to headquarters, on account of EW attack. Nonetheless, what if the attack is immediately thwarted by a multi-function, software-defined EW sensor that is ready to discover and monitor the hostile electronic sign and assist facilitate the reallocation of communications frequencies for the recon unit, due to this fact enabling the continuation of safe communications? With the intention to “hop” from a jammed frequency to a clearer one, an operator or automated technical system would wish a whole, built-in understanding of the spectrum and the way its many variables intersect.

These sorts of options are more and more turning into a tactical actuality for Army troopers by advantage of ongoing service efforts to synchronize pc programs with EW functions and engineer revolutionary sorts of EW software program programs.


Raytheon weapons builders are working with the Army to maximise this rising cyber-electronic warfare synergy to improve an EW utility supposed to assist distinguish, analyze, emit, evaluate and disseminate time-sensitive, combat-crucial electromagnetic signatures in fight.

Engineers from Raytheon are actually getting ready a brand new “Capability Drop 4” software program drop for its Electronic Warfare Planning and Administration Instrument (EWPMT), an EW-capable, software-driven multi-functional pc system constructed to search out, monitor and analyze the more and more complicated and deadly electromagnetic spectrum in battle.

U.S. Army Soldiers from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, provide security around a local town during Decisive Action Rotation 15-05 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., March 3, 2015. Decisive Action Rotations are geared toward an adaptive enemy in a complex environment. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Charles Probst/Released)

Drawing from superior algorithms, EWPMT software program is meant for exactly these sorts of aforementioned eventualities and gives an irreplaceable kind of on-the-spot evaluation to troopers working inside a forward-positioned Tactical Operation Heart (TOC).

“EWPMT is designed to synchronize and assess all of the cyber electromagnetic activity in the TOC to allow the Commander to make informed decisions regarding things that are going into the spectrum,” Jeffrey Polhamus, Product Line Lead, Multi-Area Battle Administration, Raytheon Intelligence and House, informed Warrior in an interview.


EWPMT can assist establish and deconflict pleasant emissions in addition to enemy alerts concurrently to sift by means of and analyze a crowded and sophisticated electromagnetic spectrum with pleasant power, civilian and adversarial parts.

“We are a software system and not a jammer or receiver, but we integrate with all of those things to support the breadth of all the EW types of systems and the waveforms they may need to produce,” Polhamus mentioned.


AI-enabled, multi-frequency EW programs, comparable to these dropped at life with EWPMT, may function from armored platforms, tactical automobiles, or forward-moving small drones to not solely lengthen the sphere of a floor unit’s sensor attain but additionally establish, set up and deconflict what might be high-threat, difficult and congested electromagnetic spectrum. Maybe an EWPMT system, engineered with the requisite algorithms and knowledge evaluation instruments, may establish enemy radio communications or electronic radar programs on the opposite facet of a mountain, offering floor commanders with a determined benefit. Through the use of AI, maybe EWPMT may take this even a step additional, and draw upon a capability to carry out real-time analytics on a large scope of variables to incorporate frequency, vary, terrain and enemy risk information to advocate an optimum plan of action for the commander in a specific circumstance?

— Kris Osborn is the Managing Editor of Warrior Maven and The Defense Editor of The National Interest ––   


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