The Challenges of ELINT in a Dynamic Threat Environment
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When: 05/10/2018
14:00 - 15:00
Where: United States

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The Challenges of ELINT in a Dynamic Threat Environment

Thursday, May 10, 2018 14:00 until 15:00 EST



Radar technology has made significant progress during the last ten to fifteen years.

Devices used to produce the historical high-powered radar pulse are now being replaced with solid-state technology, this can make radars difficult to even see in the spectrum let alone collect and analyse so that this data is of value. 

This is just one of the issues causing both the Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) and Electronic Warfare (EW) communities a great deal of pain since focus shifted from the radar barren operational theatres of Iraq and Afghanistan. Recent symmetrical threat environments such as Libya and Syria have been significantly more heavily laden with radar controlled weapon systems. 

As a result there has been a flurry of effort to develop more advanced signal processing techniques that more effectively and efficiently exploit modern digital radar signals.

Technology advances in computer processing, Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) techniques, spectral presentation and data storage has made it possible to evaluate the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) like never before. The question is are we catching up fast enough or are we losing the fight?


Andrew Owen joined the Royal Navy in 1988. After spending ten years as an engineer, maintaining and repairing military radar systems he joined the SIGINT community specialising in ELINT, effectively becoming a gamekeeper turned poacher. 

Initially using his radar expertise to identify and geolocate individual platforms by radar parametrics he repositioned to become a technical ELINT analyst.

The primary aim of this role was discovering the capability and function of individual radars/radar modes and provide customers with definitive reports. 

During this time, Andrew also carried out numerous operations as collector, analyst and team leader on various types of platform as well as land in the land theatre.

Since joining Rohde & Schwarz in 2012 he is the principal driver for the company‚Äôs ELINT business development.  


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