New technologies, processes, and collaborations all are converging on electronic warfare (EW) in 2024.
Military strategists contend that Cognitive EW is driving advances in data science and signal processing related to what the DoD fields and thinks about data that would have previously been discarded.
Cognitive electronic warfare is the use of cognitive systems such as artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning to enhance development and operation of electronic warfare (EW) technologies for the Department of Defense.
Cognitive systems can sense, learn, reason, and interact naturally with people and environments, accelerating development and implementation of next generation EW threat detection, suppression and neutralization technologies.
Applying cognitive systems to EW development helps defense researchers identify patterns and develop hypotheses that can result in broad improvements across multiple systems, while also anticipating demands specific only to particular missions.
While these cognitive electronic warfare systems do not “know” definitive answers to problems, they are able to interpret a vast amount of data from a range of complex sources to provide well-reasoned hypotheses for consideration.
The emergence of a new look F-16 fighter is also forthcoming. This next-generation F-16 fighter, has received a tailored, all-digital electronic warfare suite.
The system, which is an upgrade of previous L3Harris electronic warfare systems, provides a virtual electronic shield around the aircraft, designed to detect modern radar systems. The upgrade addresses new threats and creates interoperability with the F-16’s APG-83 fire control radar.
The Viper Shield all-digital electronic warfare suite, developed by L3Harris, is custom designed to be the baseline on Lockheed Martin’s advanced F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft, but prior blocks can be easily upgraded with the new suite as well.
Tests have shown Viper Shield’s ability to filter out signal processing streams from the APG-83 radar pulses without any performance compromise.
Viper Shield’s analog predecessor could only detect one threat at a time. The new system’s upgraded architecture will allow operators to see all of the threats simultaneously and defeat them simultaneously, improving situational awareness through electronic countermeasures.
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