Electronic attack (EA), previously known as electronic counter
measures (ECM), is conducted on radar systems to reduce or
prevent the radarís use of the electromagnetic spectrum effectively. This
chapter investigates the process of performing Electronic Attack,
reviews the major Electronic Attack tactics that can
be employed and then reviews the major Electronic Attack tools available to the operator.
Enemy sensors are the main
focus of Electronic Attack action. Active sensors are
particularly vulnerable as these sensors are designed to transmit and
receive electromagnetic energy. Electronic Attack tactics and tools
look to exploit active sensors by analysing the transmission (ES)
and then attacking the receiver.
Electronic Attack can be
conducted against all electromagnetic systems including communications systems. The coverage
of Electronic Attack in this text is limited
to radar Electronic Attack. Radar systems are operated
to detect, acquire and track targets with the ultimate view
to engaging and destroying the target. To that end, interfering
and degrading the performance of radar systems is often of
critical value to the targeted platformís survival and ability to
carry out its intended role.
Other topics in our resources on Radar related to Electronic Attack include: