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Thomas Withington

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

The Outside of the Envelope

USAF’s F-22A fighters
The continued proliferation of both military and commercial RF (Radio Frequency) equipment, means that airborne EW will continue to remain as important, if not more so, in the future. Travis Slocomb, vice president of electronic warfare systems at Raytheon stated to Armada that: “Electronic...

Talking at the Same Time

TrellisWare
MANET or Mobile Ad Hoc Networking is the glue that holds tactical military communications together. It has revolutionised the tactical radio domain since its introduction, and holds further promise as the technology develops in the future. To most people, the word Manet is more usually...

Cloak Of Invisibility

Northrop Grumman’s LAIRCM
Protecting aircraft from Radio Frequency (RF) and infrared threats remains paramount for air forces around the world, as illustrated by the high levels of activity in this regard which has occurred in this domain over the previous year.   Traditionally, several nations in the Asia-Pacific...

Above Average Intelligence

USAF EC-130H aircraft
The radio portion of the electromagnetic spectrum is becoming an increasingly crowded place, with civilian and military communications, and radar, all increasingly squeezing available bandwidth globally. The radio spectrum spans a waveband of three hertz to three terahertz. This may sound like a lot, but...

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...

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