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How is the U.S. Army Utilizing New Technology in Electronic Warfare?

By CIOReview | Tuesday, June 9, 2020

With the increase of battlefield threats, the U.S. Army has delivered new electronic warfare prototype Electronic warfare systems within last year.

Fremont, CA: The electronic warfare, also known as the battle in the electromagnetic spectrum, depends on data and signals to survey, defend, and fight. The complex mission, such as detecting and responding to enemy jamming attempts and other electronic interference that the Army’s electronic warfare soldiers execute, is intensifying. Presently, the Army is developing an Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool, or EWPMT, for managing and controlling the electronic warfare assets in support of unified land operations.

According to news, the EWPMT enables the Army to visually synergize its EW attack, targeting, and surveillance capabilities to maneuver the forces. This tool also improves spectrum management operations and facilities with the intelligence-gathering procedure. Additionally, the operators can streamline the process between the EWPMT and fires support while being able to configure their system to create automated responses to a range of signals or alerts.

On triggering an EWPMT system, the program will begin its automated workflow, often distributing information across a tactical operations center. On the basis of the engagement, operators can initiate a mission and supply tactical graphics for support. Rather than waiting for EW to become an official part of the targeting process, the program officials are trying to get forward of the curve to cover a future requirement.

The officials stated that the future iterations of the EWPMT program would stress on pacing the threat’s efficiency within a disconnected, intermittent, and latent environment. In return, the program will help in refining the Army’s ability to conduct cyberspace electromagnetic activities in support of multi-domain operations and allow the Army to fight and win on complex battlefields. For instance, new tools such as Versatile Radio Observation and Direction, or VROD, Modular Adaptive Transmission system, also known as VMAX, have been fielded to meet the mission requirements.

When VMAX is being used in a support capability, operators can oversee the electromagnetic environment and conclude what frequencies an adversary is operating on. Furthermore, Soldiers can utilize multiple VMAX systems to geo-locate a signal as well. Similarly, if VMAX is backing up offensive EW capabilities, it can be leveraged to jam the signal within specific frequencies.

VMAX can be tethered to a vehicle, a building, or some air platforms, and the device can be remotely operated and configured within a wide range of antennas to fulfill the mission requirements.

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