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The Era of Electronic Warfare Has Dawned

The Era of Electronic Warfare Has Dawned

Electronic Warfare is a 21st century concept that is here to stay, according to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems during the 2nd flying demonstration of a MQ-9 Reaper in the electronic-warfare role. The Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV) flew with Pandora, the electronic-warfare system from Northrop Grumman inside some special pods that were designed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. Last April, this combination flew from MCAS Yuma located in Arizona. It made another flight during a Marine Corps exercise in October 2013. GA-ASI said that the 2nd demo evaluated the UAV’s capability to conduct EW missions in conjunction with various other unmanned aircraft systems.

Proved Efficiency

The Northrop Grumman payload proved its effectivity and it also integrated very seamlessly with Reaper’s avionics and its command-and-control architecture, said GA-ASI. Pandora is a low-power; lightweight, multi-function wideband system that encompasses a flexible architecture that effectively meets emerging needs. It also supports open interfaces and enables interoperability and integration. The company’s high-performance electronic warfare solutions have proved what they are capable of in real-time situations. The assistant deputy-commandant for marine aviation, Brig. Gen. Matthew Glavy said that they successfully demonstrated various operational concepts with the use of a layered approach To EW with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems’s Reaper, the EA-6B Prowlers, and some other Group 3 UAVs.

The Best of the Best

President of Aircraft Systems at GA-ASI, Frank Pace said that their company’s collaboration with Northrop Grumman and the Marine corps demonstrates that the Predator B has a great deal of operational flexibility. Though it is principally a counter-insurgency aircraft it has now transitioned to being a platform that has the capacity to address a much broader spectrum of operational-requirements. The budget environment in the country has been under a lot of stress and this kind of a solution is the need of the hour. Pace said that the company’s customers are now seeking far greater war-fighting value with the use of less-expensive solutions.

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