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multi-role EWWT concept enables the
Brigade to be more agile than fielding
problem-specific EW equipment.

ELECTRONIC ATTACK LESSONS
NTC allows for an environment where
we can use live jamming, and OPFOR is
able to confirm or deny effectiveness.
EA, however, proved to be a mixed story. While the software defined radios
(SDRs) that are the heart of these EW
systems proved capable, some other
components that we fielded for this
test proved less than ideal. The lack of
masts to provide LOS was problematic
for EA, as well as ES. DRT brought a 300Watt amplifier, but Saber Fury lacked
the amplifier. The amplifier, while
necessary, is not enough. The lack of
high-gain directional antennas was the
central limiting factor for employing
EA. A high-gain directional antenna
on a 10-meter mast with a 100-Watt (or
more) amplifier would have given us
an EA system with the power to defeat
tactical systems while also providing
the standoff range needed to increase
survivability.

EW specialists were also trained on DRT equipment prior to their NTC rotation.

What we did field at NTC consisted
of vehicle-mounted antennas with base
heights between four and ten feet. We
used directional high-gain antennas for
the 1500 MHz- through 2500-MHz range,
but we lacked such equipment for lower
frequency ranges. With limited power
and less-than-ideal antenna configurations, we were forced to employ EWWTs
in very close proximity to their targets.
During the breach, (breaking through a

reinforced enemy position), our EA assets were staged in close proximity to
the main attack forces. During many ES
missions, the EWWTs had to maneuver
within three kilometers of their target,
well within enemy direct-fire weapons
range. The EWWTs were a high-value target for the OPFOR, the limited number
of teams meant close employment to the
front lines was a less than ideal situation. Optimally, we would configure the

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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 - The View from Here
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JED - September 2017 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - September 2017 - From the President
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