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The AOC and Clarion events teamed
up again this year to organize Europe's
largest Electronic Warfare (EW) conference. The event drew 760 delegates representing 42 countries. In the exhibit
hall, 47 companies featured a range of
EW and SIGINT products and services.
The symposium began with a day focused on SIGINT topics, followed by two
days of EW briefings and discussion.
The Plath Intelligence Workshop, held
on the day before the EW conference,
featured several interesting briefings.
Oberst i.G. Peter Führes of the Deutches
Bundeswehr set the tone of the Workshop by speaking about future intelligence requirements and noting that, in
hybrid and non-linear warfare, the core
task isn't always to find the enemy but
to first determine who the enemy is. To
this end, he said military and law enforcement organizations, which typically
run separate intelligence activities, must
exchange more information about targets. As an example, he talked about the
Russian Nightwolves motorcycle group
that recently made news in Europe.
Other major topics included detecting
and monitoring low-power radars, using
multi-spectral sensors for naval intelligence applications, the challenge of affordable ESM systems for offshore patrol
vessels, COMINT for small platforms and
big data for SIGINT applications.
Some SIGINT and EW topics that cannot be discussed thoroughly in unclassified events in the US were addressed
during the Intelligence Workshop. Marc
Medinger of Plath delivered an interesting briefing on the rising threat
posed by mini-drones and how to counter them. Konstantin König of GSMK
talked about detecting, locating and
neutralizing hostile mobile communications base stations (IMSI catchers).
Vincent Grimaldi of NEXA Technologies
discussed the challenges of monitoring
communications (IP-DVB, etc.) that use
satellite terminals.

Day one of the EW conference began
with the keynote presentation by Brigadier General Gabor Nagy, Commander Air
Component Command of the Swedish Air
Force, who gave an enlightening overview of "Capability Development in the
Swedish Air Force." This was followed
by the opening address on "Sweden's EW
Capability Development," by Johan Falk,
Head of EW Systems Department, Sensor
and EW Systems Division, Swedish Defense Research Agency (FOI). Falk challenged the audience to think outside the
box in terms of how we collect, store and
distribute advanced, agile threat-waveform information used by EW systems. As
no doubt planned, more than a few eyebrows were raised and a healthy round of
Q&A followed his suggestion of the possible use of an all-encompassing "supercloud" data-storage resource to manage
this repository instead of programming
threat libraries installed in EW systems.
Here are some of the speakers and
their topics:
*	 Colour	 Sergeant,	 Chris	 McGonnell	 30	
Commando, Y Squadron, Royal Marines, discussed his squadron's accomplishments and learning experiences at
"Exercise Listening Lion 2014" working
in close collaboration with units from
the other 5-eyes nations in planning
and executing highly-effective tactical
COMINT collection missions.
*	Captain	Poul	Secher	of	the	EW	Section,	
Danish Army Intelligence Centre, gave
the Danish perspective on modern
tactical COMINT, emphasizing the
need for the creation of an "EW baseline which includes communication
content as well as metadata," and that
easy-to-use COMINT analysis tools are
mandatory.
*	 Kent	Wernicke	of	Rockwell	Collins	US,	
spoke on the "Effect of AESA Radars on
Future ELINT and ESM System Design,"
noting that the frequency agility of
AESA radars exceeds the 500 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth typically pro-

vided by superhet receivers. This AESA
trend requires EW systems that feature
wider instantaneous bandwidths.
*	Oscar	 Bladh,	 Project	 Manager	 Survivability & EW Gripen E, FMV, discussed the Multifunction EW System
of Saab's Gripen E fighter. Being developed in two stages, the first-generation, fully-integrated EW systems
are expected in 2019 with the full-up
operational capability in 2023. Bladh
highlighted the Gripen E's incorporation of AESA technology, directsampling digital EW technology and
the PAWS-2 missile warning system.
Jonas Gronberg, Product Manager
Gripen EW Division, SAAB Electronic
Defense Systems, expanded on this
subject noting that AESA technology is not only a new capability, but a
growing threat on the radar front. He
added that Saab is also looking at incorporating data from the Gripen E's
main AESA radar into the EW function, particularly for longer range detection and examining sidelobes.
*	Counter	UAV	jamming	was	a	prevalent	
discussion point throughout the EW
Europe event. Nicholas Vafiadis, Managing Director of Communications Audit UK, who spoke on "COMINT in the
Post-Afghanistan Era," observed that
UAVs of all levels of sophistication and
capabilities are becoming increasingly
available and prevalent, and must be
addressed as a serious threat using
comms datalink jamming as one primary countermeasure. Vafiadis also
noted that potential adversaries are
putting a lot of effort into comms jamming and blocking, emphasizing that
a "step-change" is needed in our own
COMINT capability, including the incorporation of Software Defined Radio
(SDR) technology, reduced sensor size,
and strategic HF COMINT combining
both wideband and narrowband detection and processing. - J. Haystead
and J. Knowles



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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
The Modern MANPADS – an Evolving Threat
Technology Survey: RF Tuners and Tuner Modules for SIGINT Applications
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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