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Dr. Thomas Withington

Dr. Thomas Withington
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Editor, Defence commentator, journalist, military historian.

EW Systems Support Turkish Syria Offensive

The Turkish government has confirmed that its armed forces are using electronic warfare systems to support military operations in north-eastern Syria. Professor Fahrettin Altun, the director of communications for the Turkish presidency, confirmed that the “(Aselsan) Koral electronic warfare system … plays an important role...

Lightning Reflexes

Enhancements to the F-35’s electronic warfare systems will focus on software, firmware and hardware should be completed by 2024. The contract won in August by BAE Systems to take the Lockheed Martin F-35A/B/C Lightning-II combat aircraft’s AN/ASQ-239 self-protection system to the Block-IV configuration will see...

Cool Tools

EWPMT-US-Army
Raytheon has told Armada Analysis that it is working on the so-called Capability Drop-3 (CD3) incarnation of the US Army’s Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool (EWPMT). The EWPMT and its Raven Claw derivative constitute the Command and Control (C2) systems used for the planning...

Deep Dive on the DASS

The EuroDASS consortium, responsible for the Praetorian Defensive Aids Subsystem (DASS) equipping the Eurofighter Typhoon has launched a study on the DASS’ modernisation. The 18-month study will examine future upgrades for the equipment. The EuroDASS consortium includes Leonardo, Elettronica, Indra and Hensoldt. A press release...

Best Supporting Actor

The electronic support mission performed by Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft is often overlooked. AEW and tactical datalinks expert Athanasios Chouliaras shared his thoughts on how this mission could evolve. AEW aircraft use Electronic Support Measures (ESMs) to detect, locate and identify friendly and...

Work Shadowing

Shadow-R1
The Royal Air Force (RAF) is planning a fleet expansion, and major upgrade, of its Beechcraft Shadow-R1 ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) aircraft. The Shadow-R1 is a combined Communications Intelligence (COMINT) and Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) platform. These planes are highly recognisable thanks to several Very/Ultra...

Computer Says No

RQ-4A
US Cyber Command may have used new capabilities to attack Iran’s Integrated Air Defence System, following the shoot down of a UAV in June. US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) was directed by US President Donald Trump to perform cyber attacks after the downing of a...

Talk Shop

David-Stupples
The eagerly-awaited Association of Old Crows’ Electronic Warfare (EW) seminar held during this year’s Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London did not disappoint. A quiver of presentations stimulated robust and informed discussion on the challenges facing US and allied nations as...

Guerra Elettronica

The Italian Navy is modernising its electronic warfare capabilities with new electronic support and electronic attack systems. Elettronica has shared details with Armada Analysis regarding the Electronic Warfare (EW) system outfitting the Marina Militaire (Italian Navy’s) new ‘Paolo Thaon di Revel’ class Offshore Patrol Vessels...

The Hardware Store

Chimera-Project
BAE Systems has received funding from DARPA to advance its CHIMERA machine-learning hardware offering potential benefits to electronic warfare practitioners. In July the company was awarded a contract worth up to $4.7 million to develop its Controllable Hardware for Integration for Machine-Learning Enabled Real-Time Adaptivity...

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