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Titre du document / Document title

Vulnerability of digitized platforms to modern RF electromagnetic weapons

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

FRATER Michael R. (1) ; RYAN Michael J. (1) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) School of Electrical Engineering, Australian Defence Force Academy, AUSTRALIE

Résumé / Abstract

Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapons (RF DEW) have the potential to disrupt the operation of, or cause the failure of, a broad range of military electronic equipment. Over the past 30 years, there has been considerable effort in the development of these weapons. Recent reports suggest that a number of countries, including the USA and Russia, have fielded such weapons. This paper examines the potential performance of non-nuclear RF DEW. This analysis leads to a rough estimate of the likely maximum range of such a weapon, which is unlikely to be more than 10 km against a hardened target. Having established this maximum range, the employment of such a weapon is discussed. Weapons platforms examined include surface vehicles (land or sea), aircraft, missiles, foot-mounted forces (particularly special forces) and terrorists. Having examined the offensive use of RF DEW, methods for defence against such weapons are examined in terms of requirements for the procurement process and likely changes required to tactics. Many current tactics designed to reduce the visibility of land platforms and their illumination by land-based RADAR are found to be of value in protection against use of RF DEW by an adversary. Issues for defence of vehicles, aircraft, safety and arming systems, personnel, support equipment command posts and logistics facilities are discussed.

Revue / Journal Title

SPIE proceedings series  

Source / Source

Battlespace digitalization and network-centric warfare :   ( Orlando FL, 18-20 April 2001 )
Battlespace digitalization and network-centric warfare. Conference, Orlando FL , ETATS-UNIS (18/04/2001)
2001  , vol. 4396, pp. 133-140[Note(s) : IX, 292 p., ] (8 ref.) ISBN 0-8194-4091-4 ;  Illustration : Illustration ;

Langue / Language


Editeur / Publisher

Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Bellingham, WA, INTERNATIONAL  (1988) (Revue)
SPIE, Bellingham WA, ETATS-UNIS  (2001) (Monographie)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords



Electronic equipment


Electronic warfare


Mots-clés français / French Keywords



Equipement électronique


Guerre électronique


Mots-clés espagnols / Spanish Keywords



Equipo electrónico


Guerra electrónica


Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 21760, 35400009707069.0160

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 14048421

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