In a world where weapons systems are heavily dependent on advanced electronics and attack coordination technologies, it makes sense to deploy reusable and inexpensive e-war (EW) tactics to counter them. Israel-based manufacturer of such systems, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), has already presented the possibility of aimed at multiple threats simultaneously.
Although electronic warfare is a weapon system of a new era, technology designers are still following the archaic methods of “aim and shoot”, severely limiting their targeting capacity. Not only does a person need more weapon systems to counter a greater threat, but the response time eventually becomes longer when you target your threats in serial order. The IAI’s new proposals have radically changed the way e-war systems are perceived and how they should work.
The IAI uses an active electron scanned array (AESA), which can simultaneously scan an area for targets and has the ability to deploy multiple narrowly focused beams to counter threats. The system, called Scorpius, works in the same way as other EW systems, which violates electronic sensors, navigation, radar systems and data communications, but it is usually not necessary to focus on a target to counter it.
The IAI claims to have achieved this by developing receiver sensitivity and transmission power that are superior to those observed in other EW systems. The increased capability of its system components also increases the detection range of Scorpius, which can then counteract threats with customized responses, according to the company’s press release.
Scorpius systems are available in various formats specific to the requirements of the front line. A ground version, the Scorpius-G is a vehicle-mounted mobile system that can create an electronic protection dome over a wide geographical area. The sea-based version, called the Scorpius-N, could oppose anti-ship missiles, combat drones and on-board imaging radars, the company said.
The IAI also offers a self-defense module for fighter jets, while interference can disrupt opposing EW systems in the air as well as on the ground. A training version of the system can be used to emulate air defense systems and is also able to support the training of fifth-generation fighter pilots, the press release said.