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The Army turns its attention to aerial electronic warfare

Wednesday, October 24, 2018   (0 Comments)

By: Mark Pomerleau  |  October 23, 2018  |  C4ISRNET

The Army’s rapid procurers are turning their focus to aerial electronic warfare solutions in response to ongoing needs in the European theater.

The Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office has been working to deliver EW capabilities to Europe in phases that build upon each other, providing deployed forces with needed capabilities against a real threat now while also informing longer-term programs of potential requirements.

A new effort “includes an aerial capability that extends the range of signal detection and will be used to inform the program of record, [Multifunction Electronic Warfare] Air Large,” Pete Manternach, EW lead for the RCO, said in written responses to C4ISRNET.

“We are starting to get at the aerial EW capabilities, that is probably one of the biggest focuses we have,” Manternach told C4SIRNET sister site Defense News in an interview during the annual Association of the United States Army conference in early October, adding they are working with the entire community of interest to architect them into the current systems and prototypes.

To date, the RCO, working with the program office, has been developing prototype solutions for Phase 2 capabilities that build on original EW capabilities delivered to Europe earlier this year, the RCO said in written responses. The original capabilities included ground-based systems that can sense the signals in the environment and also provide a limited electronic attack capability.  READ MORE...

With over 13,000 members internationally, the Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. The Association of Old Crows provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields.