1. Advancements in Jammer Technology to boost
Jammer Technology is definitely the most well-known component of Electronic Warfare. Modern jammers significantly differ from their older counterparts. Equipment like the Turkish KORAL ground-based jammer can generate very high power output over a broadband of frequencies, which can be effective at distances up to 300 km This is a major leap from the previous generation of jammers, which had very narrow ranges and limited effectiveness. In order to achieve these high ranges, jammers are no longer restricted to the line-of-sight mode. Some jammers even use signals reflected from the ionosphere. Future jammers are likely to be mounted on unmanned ground vehicles, for better mobility.
2. Improved Airborne Platforms
Due to miniaturization and better electro-magnetic interference management, electronic warfare equipment is gradually shifting from ground-based platforms to airborne platforms, especially those dealing with electronic support functions such as interception and monitoring. Electronic warfare equipment is progressively being based on aircraft and drones, owing to their inherent advantages. Airborne systems, though limited by size and power output, have the advantage of range and reach. Fifth generation aircraft, such as the US F-35 are capable of stand-off as well as stand-in jamming, using power outputs almost ten times that of legacy fighters, including dedicated EW aircraft. The future may see a gradual shift, wherein some of the functions of EW aircraft are taken on by capable, multirole UAV platforms.
3. Developments in Spectrum Warfare
The term “Spectrum Warfare” is used to denote the blending of electronic and optical warfare, while cyber-electronic warfare systems are simultaneously emerging in the mainstream military space. Spectrum warfare seeks to combine electronic warfare technologies, such as electronic jammers, interception, radars, electronic spoofing, and deception, along with electro-optical technologies, such as infrared sensors, multi-spectral and hyper-spectral sensors, visible-light sensors, and laser technologies. The convergence of cyber and electronic warfare is a natural progression.
4. The Emergence of Cyber Warfare
While electronic warfare is the coarser close-in tool, cyber warfare is more targeted and specifically focused on chosen computer systems, networks, and applications. Electronic warfare systems of the future are expected to have cyber offence and defense capabilities, and operate at the cutting edge of the tactical battle area.
5. Unmanned and Autonomous Electronic Warfare Systems
Modern electronic warfare systems are witnessing a distinct shift, from intimate human control to fully automated systems. This is understandable, considering the speed of operations and the data volume to be handled. Electronic Warfare systems of the future are likely to operate in autonomous mode, once programed for a specific task. The associated technologies are closely guarded, since advanced heuristics, machine learning, and data analytics can extract much more from similarly placed hardware and equipment.
6. Leading Companies in the Electronic Warfare Market
The report also examines the role of the leading market players involved in the industry. Some of the key players listed in the study are:
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
Ball Aerospace and Technologies
Annapolis Micro Systems
Cobham Antenna Systems
General Dynamics has been awarded a contract by the US Navy for services in support of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program.
About the market
The electronic warfare market was valued at USD 25.3 billion in 2017. The CAGR is estimated to be 4.63% over the forecast period (2018 – 2023). By capability, the electronic warfare market has been segmented into Electronic Support, Electronic Attack, and Electronic Protection. The Electronic Support segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR, during the forecast period.
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