Electronic warfare success hinges on spectrum dominance

Military forces must continue evolving to stay ahead of their adversaries, leading to a more flexible, scalable approach to threat detection, analysis, and response. The US Air Force recently it featured  retired its very first “Compass Call” aircraft. Made in 1982, special modifications such as locating, listening, and jamming enemy communications. As a result, this aircraft’s systems could severely inhibit force communications and coordination. These advanced capabilities ensured its operation for almost four decades. In that time, however, the use of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum operations in conflicts began to evolve at a much faster pace, leading to more complex electronic warfare (EW) applications. Varied technology and market trends merged to enable the ongoing emergence of new threats, challenging modern military units to identify these quickly evolving threats in a timely manner.

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