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Electronic Warfare and military communications are one of the key resources in-theatre and the current user demands dictating the design come from factors such as the need to optimise SWaP-C (size, weight, power, cost), changing demands from in-theatre and the ability to make effective use of spectrum which is an increasingly limited resource, are more and more important, driving any deployed system to be autonomous, scalable and can be upgraded.

The need for wideband performance across the spectrum including millimetre-wave frequencies is a core requirement for electronic warfare. The Electronic Warfare Enhancement Act in the US was introduced to attempt to  refocus US EW efforts, recognizing that Spectral Awareness in-theatre, therefore providing the background occupancy and usage patterns to be able to make effective use of spectrum is essential, therefore enabling operations in an increasingly congested and contested RF Spectrum.

Operational trends in the Electronic Warfare (EW) sector are underpinned by the ever increasing need to be aware and control the complex spectrum environment.  These demands arise from the need for countering modern frequency agile radar systems; utilisation of network-based IP-centric communications in conventional symmetric warfare scenarios; combatting threats from improvised explosive devices triggered remotely, possibly by RF.

In these cases the frequencies that the operator needs to have that awareness are expanding and for example in the case of radar systems the frequency agile design will negate the traditional use of threat libraries.  To overcome this future systems will need to employ flexible wideband materials that can enable cognitive analysis of the threat environment to effectively control the electromagnetic spectrum.

METIS employ a highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced in-house team, readily drawing upon an extensive network of over 40 associated Air ISTAR subject matter experts if required for specific projects. There is a wealth of knowledge and expertise in a range of specialist subjects, specifically Air; Electronic Warfare (EW), Communications Intelligence (COMINT) and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT). The team have been selected for their extensive and recent operational experience in a wide range of theatres, as well as their technical qualifications. 50% have Aerosystems qualifications and are (MSc) qualified. Collectively they have amassed over 150,000 hours flight experience.

The majority have had leading roles in ground and flight instruction, including course design and validation; programme/project management – directly involved with platform selection and procurement; release to service; test and evaluation.  A large proportion have held leading posts throughout the AIR ISTAR cadre, including Officer Commanding & Mission Commander roles on the most current military platforms including Rivet Joint, Boeing E-3D Sentry, Sentinel R Mk1, Shadow R MK1, Nimrod R Mk1, MR2 & MRA4, Joint Strike Fighter (F-35), Tornado GR4, Typhoon and a wide range of UAV/RPAS platforms.

What this means for you is that with the high degree of recent technical and operational knowledge METIS can fully understand your operational requirements, offering suitable off-the-shelf or bespoke designed solution to meet these needs.

 

For further information on any of these services, please contact us on 01522 963125, e-mail enquiries@metisaerospace.com or use our contact form.

Last modified: November 3, 2016

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