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Thomas Withington

Thomas Withington
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Head-editor, Defence commentator, journalist, military historian.

Guardian Angels

For 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, the United Kingdom Air Surveillance and Control System (UKASACS) watches the skies of the United Kingdom for suspicious activity. Yet plans are afoot to replace the UKASACS with a new system. Official information notes that...

Keeping Your Ears Open

RAF RC-135W aircraft
The past twelve months has witnessed interesting activity in the Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) gathering domain of airborne electronic warfare, with the Syrian and Iraqi threatres, and the Baltic region, experiencing energetic activity in this regard. On 25th April, two United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed...

What is it with Waveforms?

WF40 MANET waveform
This headline encapsulates the importance of waveforms for tactical radios. Each task that a radio executes must be performed in a certain way. This article aims to demystify the oft-baffling domain of the tactical radio waveform. The late tactical communications expert and defence journalist Adam...

The Need for SEAD

MBDA’s Meteor
Events in Syria notably the deployment of sophisticated Surface-to-Air Missile systems such as the Russian Almaz-Antey S-400 Triumf to support Russia’s ongoing air campaign is giving the NATO pause for thought. The area which systems such as the S-400 can cover, which has a reported...

Electric Avenue

The RC-135V/W
The events of the last twelve months in the theatres discussed above underscore the reality that the electromagnetic spectrum, in which friendly and hostile radars and communications operate, is a domain of warfare in its own right, as much as the oceans, the ground...

Hitting Where It Hurts

ACE assault rifles
With the advancement in equipment and technology associated with “Near Peer” states including Russia, NATO members and other allied nations are becoming increasingly concerned with regards to being overmatched. According to Lieutenant Colonel Iain Moodie of the dismounted close combat capability directorate at the UK’s...

Dangers On The Edge Of Town

The threat from MANPADS
Conflicts in Ukraine, and in Syria and Iraq, illustrate the threat posed to current, and future air operations exemplified by medium-range/medium-altitude and long-range/high-altitude SAM systems and MANPADS. On 22 June 2012, Flight Lieutenant (Flt. Lt.) Gökhan Ertan and Flying Officer (F/O) Hasan Hüseyin Aksoy...

The Day Without Satellite

Software approaches look set to increase in importance regarding tactical radio design, while threats in terms of anti-satellite weapons and electronic jamming will also shape tactical radio engineers. In terms of hardware, the need to improve hearing protection and battery safety will continue. A number...

Time to Accessorize

Invisio’s V60 product
Often neglected in the world of tactical radios, but as vital as the transceivers themselves, are the accessories which enable the radios to be used in the most efficient way possible. These can include everything from amplifiers to antennae. As well as representing an excellent...

Radio Programmes

Rockwell Collins’ GR-2000
The erstwhile Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) programme continues to dominate tactical radio procurement for the United States armed forces, with new waveforms and hardware being spun out of these initiatives for export customers. Joining Harris and Rockwell Collins (see below), General Dynamics is one...

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