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the view f ro m h e re EW ON THE ATTACK 6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | July 2010 JULY 2010 • Vol. 33, No. 7 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: John Knowles Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson Senior Editor: Glenn Goodman Assistant Editor: Jon Pasierb Technical Editor: Ollie Holt Contributing Writers: Dave Adamy, Samuel Grant, Barry Manz, Luca Perruzzi, Gàbor Zord Marketing & Research Coordinator: Allie Hansen Sales Administration: Esther Biggs EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Mr. Tom Arseneault President, Electronic Solutions, BAE Systems Mr. Roy Azevedo Vice President, Advanced Concepts and Technology, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Mr. Chris Bernhardt President, ITT Electronic Systems Maj Gen Bruno Berthet Deputy Director for International Development, DGA, French MOD Mr. Pierre-Yves Chaltiel Senior Vice President, Solutions for the Government Sector, Thales Aerospace Lt Col Dean Ebert Warfighter Integration, Aviation Weapons Requirements Branch, HQ USMC Mr. Gabriele Gambarara General Manager, Elettronica S.p.A. Mr. Tony Grieco Former Deputy for Electronic Warfare, OSD Mr. Itzchak Gat CEO, Elisra CAPT John Green Commander, EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234), NAVAIR, USN Mr. Ron Hahn Deputy Director, EW Directorate, JIOWC, US Strategic Command Mr. Micael Johansson Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area, Electronic Defence Systems, Saab Mr. Anthony Lisuzzo Director, Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate, CERDEC, USA CAPT Paul Overstreet Commander, ATAPS Program Office (PMA-272), NAVAIR, USN Rep. Joe Pitts (Honorary Member) US Congress, Founding Member, EW Working Group Mr. Kerry Rowe President and COO, Argon ST Wg Cdr P.J. Wallace Commander, RAF Spadeadam Mr. Richard Wittstruck Chief Engineer, PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, USA Mr. Walter Wolf Chairman, JED Committee, AOC his month’s JED features an article from Gàbor Zord about the evolution of fighter aircraft EW. From the vantage point of 2010, it is clear that we have come a long way from the 1960s, when EW systems were fi rst integrated into fighter aircraft on a large scale. Back then (with the exception of SAM-hunting Wild Weasel aircraft), EW systems were truly defensive in their function. In the following decades, as aviation engineers gained more experience with EW systems, they also grew more adept at integrating EW with the rest of the fighter’s avionics system – giving the fighter new offensive capabilities. Gradually, this trend has helped to reverse the deadly dynamics of the fighter vs. SAM contest. Today, we are quickly approaching an era where our newest fighters will, in effect, be as potent and as deadly to a SAM system as a Wild Weasel (and perhaps more so). This is not purely an EW achievement, however. The combination of low-observable aircraft designs, supercruise engines, stand-off targeting systems, long-range precision-guided munitions and data links that provide off-board targeting and situational awareness information (to name a few) have played a major role in this fighter survivability transformation, too. In fact, fighter lethality is probably a better term to describe what these technologies bring to the fight. At the same time, some EW capabilities that historically have been difficult to acquire, such as digital RF memories (DRFMs), are becoming much easier to buy. As some “less advanced” air forces are now beginning to realize, DRFMs can help to level the playing field between their legacy fighter aircraft and an adversary’s more advanced fighters (especially in scenarios in which the legacy fighters have a distinct numerical advantage). This, in its way, is another form of using EW in an attack mode. Considering the attributes of modern fighter aircraft and what they are capable of achieving, I sometimes wonder if we are approaching an era in which we drive most RF SAM systems and even some fighters out of the RF spectrum. (Think of the emphasis that Russian aircraft manufacturers are placing on forward-looking infrared [FLIR] sensors instead of radars, for instance.) Even if this proves true, it would be foolish to think that we are somehow nearing the end of the measure-countermeasure game between EW and radars. Radar designers are a resilient bunch and air defense radar operators are innovative tacticians. The balance of the game may shift for a while, but it isn’t over. In the meantime, however, I wouldn’t recommend a career as a SAM operator. The odds of his survival don’t seem very good at the moment. – John Knowles T PRODUCTION STAFF Layout & Design: Barry Senyk Advertising Art: Glenn Domingo Contact the Editor: (978) 509-1450, Contact the Sales Manager: (800) 369-6220, ext. 3407, or (352) 333-3407 Subscription Information: Please contact Glorianne O’Neilin at (703) 549-1600 or e-mail The Journal of Electronic Defense is published for the AOC by Naylor, LLC 5950 NW 1st Place Gainesville, FL 32607 Phone: (800) 369-6220 • Fax: (352) 331-3525 ©2010 Association of Old Crows/Naylor, LLC. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the prior written authorization of the publisher. Editorial: The articles and editorials appearing in this magazine do not represent an official AOC position, except for the official notices printed in the “Association News” section or unless specifically identified as an AOC position. PUBLISHED JULY 2010/JED-M0710/4234

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - July 2010

JED - July 2010
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
SIGINT for Special Mission Aircraft
Fighter Aircraft EW: Shifting from Defense to Attack
Technology Survey: Airborne Radar Jammers
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Sales Offices
JED Quick Look

JED - July 2010