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(HPEM) weapons that can apply a range
of effects (from disruption to damage)
to the sensitive electronics used in radars and radios. The DOD has been developing these HPEM technologies for
several decades, and they are maturing
to the point where they are nearly ready
for widespread operational use. Among
the current concepts is the fitting of a
multi-shot HPEM payload in an expendable air vehicle, such as a cruise missile,
which can fly a pre-programmed route
deep into the IADS engagement zone. By
The F-35 provides the LO capabilities to fly
into defended airspace and perform emitter
location, as well as the potential to carry
electronic attack systems, such as the Next
Generation Jammer. (Lockheed Martin photo)

emitting its high-power RF or microwave
pulse over a pre-programmed or datalinked target area, it can permanently
disable multiple radars and C2 systems
below. HPEM weapons can generate effects across sizable areas, with diameters ranging from a few hundred meters
across to nearly a mile, depending on the
power of the system. This makes HPEM
weapons useful for taking out mobile
radars whose general location can be
determined but not with enough accuracy to use a precision-guided munition. Eventually, HPEM payloads will be
adapted to other close-in AEA platforms,
such as LO UAVs (with appropriate EM
hardening) that can provide more persistence and possibly be recovered and
used again.
It is clear that UAVs, munitions and
expendable decoys will play an important close-in role in future AEA operations against adversaries with advanced
IADS. However, this does not mean the
US is about to walk away from its investments in stand-off AEA capabilities,
such as the EA-18G. Future AEA missions
against advanced IADS will depend on
the synergy generated between close-in
AEA platforms that can operate deep inside the threat environment and larger
stand-off AEA platforms (and SIGINT
platforms) that can contribute to emitter targeting and jamming of selected
elements of the IADS kill chain. This
is why upgrades to stand-off jammers,
such as a new ESM system for the EA-18G
and the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ),

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