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Electronic Warfare (EW) represents the ability to use the electromagnetic spectrum (EM) –signals such as radio, infrared or radar — to sense, protect and communicate. At the same time, it can be used to deny adversaries the ability to either disrupt or use these signals.

EW is divided into three major areas:

  1. Electronic Attack – This involves the offensive use of EM energy, directed energy or anti-radiation weapons to attack personnel, facilities or equipment. In the case of EM energy, this action is most commonly known as jamming. It can be performed on communication systems or radar systems.
  2. Electronic Protection – This is about protecting friendly forces from the effects of an EM assault. For example, flares are often used to distract infrared homing missiles to miss their target.
  3. Electronic Warfare Support – This involves actions taken by an operational commander or operator to detect, intercept, identify or locate sources of intended and unintended radiated electromagnetic energy. Sometimes this is simply referred to as reconnaissance. The purpose is to provide immediate recognition, prioritization, and targeting of threats to battlefield commanders

The focus of electronic warfare is the manipulation of the electromagnetic spectrum, which is the entire distribution of electromagnetic radiation according to frequency or wavelength. Although all electromagnetic waves travel at the speed of light in a vacuum, they do so at a wide range of frequencies, wavelengths and photon energies. The electromagnetic spectrum comprises the span of all electromagnetic radiation, which includes radio waves, microwaves, infrared rays, ultraviolet light, visible light, X-rays and gamma rays.

Take for example jamming. Electronic jamming is a form of EW where jammers radiate interfering signals toward an enemy’s radar, blocking the receiver with highly concentrated energy signals. The two main technique styles are noise techniques and repeater techniques. The three types of noise jamming are spot, sweep and barrage.

The electronic countermeasures (ECM) backpack is another example of an EW measure.

An ECM backpack has been primarily used in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan to prevent the detonation of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) that are commonly detonated by cellphones.

The backpack jams the waves from the cellphone from reaching the IED and therefore prevents the bomb from detonating and injuring the patrol members.

Electronic Warfare Training

Tonex offers a 4-day Electronic Warfare Training Crash Course that focuses on key concepts of EW, including:

  • Electromagnetic environment
  • Electronic counter-counter measures
  • Jammers and EW transmitter
  • Defensive ECM
  • Electronic subdivisions
  • EM energy or anti-radiation weapons
  • Electronic intelligence
  • Radar EW simulation and analysis
  • Side lobe level

Who Should Attend

–Technical personnel

–System analysts

–Project and program managers

–Electrical, software and system engineers

–Cybersecurity professionals

–Verification and validation personnel

Why Tonex?

Tonex has been a leader in electronic warfare training services since 1992.

Ratings tabulated from student feedback post-course evaluations show an amazing 98 percent satisfaction score.

Reasonably priced classes taught by the best trainers is the reason all kinds of organizations from Fortune 500 companies to government’s most important agencies return for updates in courses and hands-on workshops.

Presenting highly customized learning solutions is what we do. For over 30 years Tonex has worked with organizations in improving their understanding and capabilities in topics often with new development, design, optimization, regulations and compliances.

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