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continue to utilize LO technology, selfprotection EW, stand-off targeting, precision guided munitions, etc., as these
technologies further evolve. In addition, new technologies, such as highenergy lasers and possibly RF-delivered
cyber attack, will also improve aircraft
self-protection capabilities. But these
strike aircraft simply will not be capable of operating effectively against
an advanced IADS without AEA support.
One IADS trend the AEA mission will
certainly need to address is the impor-

Small expendable UAVs, such as those being
developed under DARPA's Gremlins program,
can form ad hoc networks that can provide
coordinated electronic attack from a close-in
position. (DARPA concept)

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FIRST TO KNOW
FIRST TO ACT
Decision superiority is key. You need advanced awareness and
response capabilities to mitigate risks and return home safely.
Saab delivers innovative, high performance SIGINT and
self-protection solutions. Easy to integrate, operate and support,
our technologies are designed to detect, localise, identify and
protect against, threats.

tance of VHF mono-static and multi-static surveillance radars. Mono-static VHF
radars can be detected and located by the
ESM systems on F-22s and F-35s, which
are probably the most numerous aircraft
that will be able to operate inside the
IADS envelope. If the F-35s cannot get
close enough to attack the VHF radars
with their own precision-guided munitions, their ESM information can be used
by other AEA platforms, such as close-in
jammers and decoys or EA-18Gs with extended range AGM-88 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGMs). Being
near to the threats, these close-in jammers will be subjected to targeting by
short-range air defense systems, as well
as datalink and GPS jamming. AEA planners will have to account for significant
attrition among these close-in jammers.
This will drive interest in cheap expendable UAVs (think of DARPA's Gremlins
and ICARUS programs, for example) with
disposable EA payloads (think of DARPA's
VAPR program). However, there will also
be a need for survivable LO UAVs that
can offer better ESM and EA capabilities
and help coordinate the AEA mission
from inside the battlespace. As close-in
jamming concepts mature, we will see
more emphasis on cooperative UAV and
decoy swarms that can create ad hoc AEA
constellations and autonomously prioritize targets.
How will these small, cheap, expendable UAVs get into the battlespace? One
way is to use very stealthy platforms
with large payload capacities to carry and
launch large numbers of these UAVs close
to the target radars. The delivery vehicle
could be a B-2 or eventually a Long-Range

You can rely on Saab's thinking edge to get the upper hand in battle
- be first to know and first to act.

AEA from below: In 2013, the US Navy
demonstrated how submarines can launch
UAVs close to a coastline with its eXperimental
Fuel Cell Unmanned Aerial System (XFS). This
concept could enable small, expendable UAVs
to provide close-in AEA. (US Navy image)

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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Airborne Electronic Attack for A2AD
52nd Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention Guide
2016 EW/SIGINT Resource Guide
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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