Col. Jim Ekvall, the U.S. Army‘s electronic warfare division chief, points toÂ electronic warfare as key to gain an advantage overÂ enemy forces amid the prevalence ofÂ unmannedÂ aerial vehicles, Defense Systems reported Tuesday.
David Walsh writes that Ekvall is looking to bolsterÂ electromagnetic spectrum operationsÂ to counter enemy UAVs and data communications through the spectrum.
“All UAVs are dependent on the EMS, one way or another. And they all use an RF link either for terminal guidance or for navigation or targeting or for passing information,” Ekvall explains.
Walsh reports that Raytheon and General Atomics have been working with the Naval Surface Weapons Center to develop a drone equipped withÂ electronic warfare capabilities, which has completed flightÂ testing in July.
However, Ekvall notes thatÂ those are focused onÂ jamming communications and command-and-control signals rather than “kinetic targeting” of enemy UAVs.
He saysÂ that the military is planning on systems interoperability and compatibility across the services as they aimÂ to “field systems of any kind that are ahead of the threat.”