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nic Warfare Weapons
sons at NTC

on a DRT 1301C COMINT system and a
banded amplifier providing a communications electronic attack (EA) and electronic support (ES) capability, with the
two outstations designed to conduct ES
with a DRT 8210 (a DRT 1301C integrated
with a direction finding system) and a
DRT Pack (a manpack version of the DRT
8210). The design enabled the three elements to coordinate to achieve cuts and
fixes on opposition force (OPFOR) emitters. We used a manual method of "map
and grease pencil" to calculate cuts and
fixes, with FM radio linking the three

nodes. A control node used a satellitebased system to communicate back
to the headquarters via text. This design proved itself, and provided a good
combination of simplicity, situational
awareness and command and control.
The second EWWT consisted of two nodes
each operating a Saber Fury system (AN/
VLQ-12(V)5 EA) and VROD (Versatile Radio Observation and Direction) packable
ES system. The second team only had FM
for communications, which proved to be
a limitation, but used the MPU4 Wave
relay system between their VRODs pro-

The Journal of Electronic Defense | September 2017

EWWTs relied, in part, on vehicle-mounted COMINT systems.

viding automated coordination for cuts,
and could also generate an ellipse of the
calculated emitter location. The teams
had success in counter-unmanned aerial
system (CUAS), direction finding (DF)
VHF and UHF emitters, and jamming
VHF and UHF emitters.
The primary training and test concept we worked at home station, and
NTC was to provide an approximate location of an OPFOR emitter to a UAS or
observer for follow-on action by friendly
forces. A control element would receive the location of the ES nodes via
FM radio and map them out. Once the
ES nodes began to receive lines of bearing (LOBs), the control would draw out
the LOBs on the map and call up the
approximate cross section over FM to a
UAS operator. The UAS would then look
to confirm the target. This TTP proved
effective, but we encountered a significant limitation - line of sight proved
to be one of our greatest challenges. We
mounted our antennas on backpacks
with short (under 6 feet) masts or on
vehicles. The lack of masts for antennas greatly limited the ability of our ES
systems to gain good line of sight (LOS).
We also tested a CUAS concept, which
proved to be a valuable experiment.
Our ES nodes would see the UAS in the
electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) prior
to visual acquisition, enabling the Brigade to respond more quickly. Further,
jamming the OPFOR UAS meant it could
be defeated with high certainty. A key
lesson from this experiment was that a
general-purpose EA system with separate ES nodes could provide an effective
CUAS platform that was agile enough to
defeat future threats, and able to detect and jam other threats as well. The

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - September 2017

The View from Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Army Brigade Electronic Warfare Weapons Teams Learn New Lessons at NTC
Technology Survey: Counter-UAS Systems
EW 101
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - September 2017 - intro
JED - September 2017 - cover1
JED - September 2017 - cover2
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JED - September 2017 - 4
JED - September 2017 - 5
JED - September 2017 - The View from Here
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JED - September 2017 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - September 2017 - Courses Calendar
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JED - September 2017 - From the President
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JED - September 2017 - The Monitor
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JED - September 2017 - Washington Report
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JED - September 2017 - World Report
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