Tactical Electronic Warfare


Tactical Electronic Warfare


Author(s): Craig Benson; Michael J. Ryan; Michael R. Frater
ISBN: 978-1-921138-04-1
Pages: 320
Published: January 2007
Subject: Defence Technology
Format: Print

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Almost as soon as military radio systems began to make use of the electromagnetic spectrum at the beginning of the twentieth century, means have been sought to exploit the transmissions of an adversary, or even to prevent an adversary from using the spectrum. These means are collectively known as electronic warfare (EW): communications EW, and non-communications EW, based on whether the target is an adversary communications system or some other user of the electromagnetic spectrum.

This book covers both communications EW and non-communications EW. Because of the significant differences in the two areas, each is covered in its own part. Within each part, both target systems and EW are covered, following the basic three-way subdivision of EW into electronic support, electronic attack, and electronic protection.

The first part of the book deals with communications EW. Chapter 1 describes the operational environment and Chapter 2 discusses the targets of tactical communications electronic warfare—the communications systems that underpin the ability of a tactical commander to command and control. Chapter 3 concentrates on electronic protection, which comprises those actions taken to protect friendly equipment from any adverse electromagnetic effects. In Chapter 4 we describe electronic support, which is the component of electronic warfare that is involved with the identification of sources of intentional and unintentional radiation of electromagnetic energy by an adversary. Electronic attack is the focus of Chapter 5, which describes the issues associated with the use of electromagnetic energy to attack adversary equipment with the intent of degrading, neutralizing, or destroying adversary combat capability. Chapter 6 provides a description of the organisation of land EW units and the planning processes required for the deployment of electronic warfare capabilities on the battlefield.

The second part of this book deals with non-communications EW. Chapter 7 builds on the framework given in Chapter 1 to introduce the threats, environments, and systems commonly seen in non-communications EW. Chapter 8 then introduces radar fundamentals. Chapter 9 describes non-communications electronic support, including system performance measures, antennas, receivers, direction finding, and support issues. In Chapter 10 we address electronic attack against radars, including decoys and chaff, power calculations, and noise and deception jamming. Countermeasures to infrared homing missiles are the subject of Chapter 11. Warning systems to detect inbound missiles and laser energy are the focus of Chapter 12.