U.S. Army modernizes electronic warfare capabilities
The U.S. Army is making changes to be in a better position to compete with adversaries in cyber, the electromagnetic spectrum and space assets as well as developing and further strengthening high-technology precision-strike systems.
According to a statement released by the Army on last month, Iron Soldiers with 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division teamed up with the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division to train using new electronic warfare (EW) equipment and techniques at Fort Bliss, Texas, December 17 to 19.
“The purpose of this collaboration is significant to the Army and the future of EW and cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA)” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 William Insch, an EW Technician with the Army’s Project Manager Electronic Warfare & Cyber (PM EW&C). “These two teams are literally pushing the envelope in helping to determine future Army doctrine and tactics, techniques, and procedures that will influence the entire force.”
The EW systems are prototypes made up of many different parts, some of which are already fielded within the Army. However, these teams are learning how to incorporate other, new parts while reviewing the capability’s true effectiveness.
“The equipment is being fielded in stages to allow the Army to incorporate new technologies and Soldier feedback,” said Capt. Dequincy Bass, the assistant product manager EW Planning Management Tool (EWPMT), part of the Army’s Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors.
Presently, the combined system includes a Sabre Fury and a VROD Modular Adaptive Transmit (VMAX), which provides information and messaging to the Raven Claw. The Raven Claw then processes that information, which enhances EW planning and management capabilities, adds Bass.
The system ultimately deciphers “who’s talking and where they are talking from,” explains Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Beach, an EW specialist with 2 ABCT, 1 AD.
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