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Air Dominance - Survivability & Lethality Enablers

17 Nov 2020
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Threat systems are starting to occupy a very large portion of the Electromagnetic Spectrum. We also see more powerful multi-function radars that are not just extending engagement ranges, they are migrating out of the traditional frequencies used for targeting.

As computers are getting smaller and electronics are getting more power efficient, we see extreme ranges for these systems. With these kind of ranges, we have to assume targeting will be very network centric, or even, network reliant. Being able to detect, track and engage a fighter-sized target at these ranges will require multiple nodes. Does that also mean these nodes can be targeted by Airborne Electronic Attack or other means?

Electronic Support situational awareness – understanding where the potential shooters are located, and if you are being radiated or targeted becomes even more important.

In terms of those potential shooters, you need to know which ones are being covered by electronic attack from onboard systems, NGJ or other EA systems. Having layered effects cued from networked sensors will provide that situational awareness and relay the data to manned platforms in a complete format. Jamming and electronic attack will have to be done in a similar fashion.

As we go into the future, more collaborative or distributive Electronic Attack through EMSO Battle Management, Man-unmanned teaming, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence will be the key to winning in the spectrum.
Chairperson
Philip Sturley CB MBE BSc FRAeS CCMI, Conference Chairman - Consultant
Speakers
Gene McFalls, Senior Manager, Air Dominance Programs - Raytheon