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According to Department of Defense, electronic warfare (EW) is once again a priority because there’s a need for today’s military to sense deeper and to assess more of that data that it’s now collecting through deeper sensing.

Electronic Warfare is any action involving the use of the Electro-Magnetic (EM) spectrum or directing energy to control or attack an enemy or impede enemy use of EM spectrum. The purpose of EW is to deny the opponent the advantage of and ensure friendly unimpeded access to the EM spectrum.

This demand is being driven by rapid technological advancements, especially in the area of directed energy weapons and the growing need for electronic protection capabilities.

Electronic warfare technologies are evolving through the use of machine learning, for example. While cognitive EW is a work in progress, the miniaturization and density of electronics components continue to increase. If cooling technology keeps up, this will drive Radio Frequency (RF) system functional consolidation and enhance sensor performance.

Experts in the EW field predict that the future will see multi-spectral, multi-mode and multifunction capability. Active Electronically Scanned Arrays (AESAs) are already multi-mode but over a narrow band. The aim is to build large or small totally digital arrays, where the electronics behind every element in the array, is digital and can be controlled in every aspect at the element level.

All this of course opens up for job possibilities for systems engineers in the EW space. Analysts predict that A decade from now may bring all-digital, precisely controlled arrays that are multi-function, multi-mode and capable of learning to be cooperative or disruptive as required.

These systems are expected to be highly flexible, capable of SIGINT, Electronic Support Measures (ESM), Electronic Attack (EA), Radar positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) and communications, all from one array and one box, cognitively and adaptively controlled.

EW systems will also become a lot smarter with more complex data sets, including in the context of signals.

Want to learn more? Tonex offers Introduction to Electronic Warfare, a 3-day course that covers the basics of Electronic Warfare (EW) foundation designed for analysts, engineers, electrical engineers, project managers, electronic warfare technical professionals.

Introduction to Electronic Warfare provides the foundation for understanding the basic concepts underlying electronic warfare (EW). This course uses a practical building-block approach to facilitate student comprehension of the essential subject matter associated with the combat applications of EW.

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