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Thomas Withington

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

Throwing SPEARS

Dr. Thomas Withington - MBDA and Leonardo are moving forward with the development of an Electronic Warfare (EW) variant of MBDA’s Select Precision Effects At Range Capability-3 (SPEAR’3) air-to-surface missile. The SPEAR-EW initiative was announced this April and could develop an air-launched loitering EW system...

Raytheon moves ahead with its new passive airborne ELINT/ESM gathering system

By Dr. Thomas Withington, EW Europe, Stockholm - During the EW Europe conference and exhibition being held in Stockholm between 14 - 15 May, Raytheon’s German subsidiary outlined the progress the company has made on its ARDS (Advanced Radar Detection System). The ARDS is an...

Carbon Lifeform

By Dr. Thomas Withington, EW Europe, Stockholm - My-Konsult unveiled a new version of Astor-IV electronic warfare training pod at EW Europe. The company has employed carbon fibre in a new version of its Astor-IV Electronic Warfare (EW) training pod. A mock-up was displayed...

Flashhawk Nears Completion

By Dr. Thomas Withington, EW Europe, Stockholm - Avantix’ new Flashhawk airborne communications intelligence system could complete development by the end of the year. The firm is currently performing flight tests of the COMINT (Communications Intelligence) system on board a Beechcraft King Air-350 twin turbofan transport...

The Great Escape

The USAF’s HH-60G Pave Hawk CSAR helicopter
Although still considered a niche capability, Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) is being employed by a growing number of armed forces worldwide, who recognise the importance that such an asset can play in getting their personnel out of danger when things go wrong. CSAR traces...

Will The Bomber Always Get Through?

B-83 training round
“Ain’t a hope in hell, nothin’ gonna bring us down,” wrote Lemmy, the late lead vocalist of veteran heavy rock band Motorhead, for their December 1979 single Bomber. Lemmy’s confidence in aircraft invulnerability can only be realised through design and technology. In October 2015, Northrop...

On The Move

satellite WIN-T communications
Satellite Communications or ‘SATCOM’ is nothing short of a communications miracle, offering high bandwidths over long ranges. Unsurprisingly, militaries around the world want this capability on their platforms, particularly their vehicles. The benefits afforded to military operations by SATCOM are well documented: They include the...

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...

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Throwing SPEARS

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