BAE Systems has developed a new handheld cognitive electronic warfare (EW) technology for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Soldiers can use the new handheld tactical sensor to understand radio frequency (RF) signals for improved situational awareness.
The technology employs cognitive processing algorithms to quickly detect and identify multiple interfering signals, such as jammers or enemy communication signals, in changing environments.
BAE Systems Sensor Processing and Exploitation director Joshua Niedzwiecki said: “By drastically reducing the size, weight, and power of this new cognitive EW system, we’re making it easier for our warfighters to be aware of, classify, and manage a wide range of signals in the battlespace, which is crucial for tactical situational awareness.
“Better situational awareness on the battlefield means superior protection for our troops and a greater ability to defeat hostile threats.”
The EW capability was developed under DARPA’s computational leverage against surveillance systems (CLASS) programme and the cognitive radio low-energy signal analysis sensor ICs (CLASIC) programme.
During recent field tests, the new technology successfully detected and identified more than ten signal types across a wide bandwidth in the presence of interference.
The company said that it intends to continue to advance this technology for eventual deployment within its EW, SIGINT, and tactical communications portfolios.
Image: BAE Systems' work on DARPA's new handheld electronic warfare technology is designed to provide improved tactical situational awareness. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.