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The arms race has moved into the information environment as countries around the world compete for dominance of the electromagnetic spectrum. In this special issue we take a look at the trends, tactics and technologies that are emerging in electronic warfare. We chart the evolution of EW technologies so far and take a look into the future of electronic warfare in Europe.
One issue that has emerged in recent years is that an increasing reliance on devices to intercept and manipulate the electronic spectrum can result in information overload. We find out how visualisation software can help militaries to manage the often-overwhelming deluge of complex data they gather.
Zooming in on equipment, we investigate the vulnerabilities of GPS and emerging alternatives, speak to SAAB about the capabilities of the GlobalEye airborne early warning and control aircraft, and take a look at the US Navy’s next-generation jammer.
In this issue
The evolution of electronic warfare
Electronic warfare has come a long way from the early days of basic signal intelligence and has covered a wide variety of technologies and use cases. Dr Gareth Evans explores the timeline of electronic warfare’s evolution.
The new battlefield: the race to integrate cyber and electronic warfare
Cyber attacks are arguably the number one threat to the key defence requirement of securing unimpeded access to the electromagnetic spectrum. Julian Turner reports on a new arms race, including potential vulnerabilities in the information network and effective counter strategies.
A single point of failure: the problem with GPS
In the years after the Gulf War many, and especially the American military, became increasingly dependent on the GPS constellation to provide positioning, navigation and timing for everything from warships, combat aircraft and guided missiles, to individual soldiers on the ground. But is it still so revolutionary? Dr Gareth Evans reports.
Information overload: Visualising electronic warfare to manage data proliferation
A proliferation of devices and technologies to intercept and manipulate the electronic spectrum has resulted in an often-overwhelming deluge of complex data. The questions for many is what do we do with it? Visualisation software could hold the key as Claire Apthorp finds out.
The future of electronic warfare in Europe
Electronic warfare is a rapidly evolving field that is steadily increasing in prominence as nation’s look to gain the edge in the next generation of conflict technology. Gavin O’Connell MBE, business development and sales director at Chemring Technology Solutions, explains the coming developments in electronic warfare and how Europe is preparing.
GlobalEye: airborne surveillance takes new heights
Saab has completed the first flight of its GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft – which it claims is the world’s most advanced swing-role surveillance system. Julian Turner gets the lowdown from Jonas Härmä, head of sales and marketing, airborne surveillance systems, at Saab.
A look at the US Navy’s Next Generation Jammer
The US Navy’s Next Generation Jammer, promises a new, more capable electronic warfare system that combines agile, high-power beam-jamming techniques and state-of-the-art solid-state electronics. Dr Gareth Evans takes a closer look.
Sweden is creating a digital defence system to protect against cyberattacks –and working on plans to mobilise troops more quickly. At the same time Norway has unveiled its defence procurement plans to 2025, which will focus on building a highly skilled defence industry. We map defence spending and priorities in the two countries against a backdrop of geopolitical developments.
France’s forces minister has announced a plan to increase spending on artificial intelligence as part of an innovation drive to develop future weapon systems. Around €100m will be spent to fund studies, and €10m a year go towards testing and integrating existing AI technology. We take a closer look at France’s defence-related AI plans and ask what other countries are doing.
Also in the next issue, we map out SIPRI’s latest research on global arms spending to analyse the major trends, review recent developments in light attack aircraft, and find out why Dstl is going back to basics in its approach to computer hardware for harsh operational environments.