Accession Number:

ADA202754

Title:

Acoustic Management of Electronic Warfare Systems

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

69.0

Abstract:

The Soviet Union remains the number one threat to U.S. security and national interests. Over the last two decades, the Soviet EW threat has significantly increased in terms of threat types and signal densities. As compared to the threat of the late 60s, the number of different types of threats i.e. early warning, target acquisition, target tracking, and missile guidance systems has increased three fold, and the signal density has increased thirty fold. Also, the threat has advanced to include emitter that have incorporated low probable intercept LPI emission techniques which make detection by our current EW systems extremely difficult. LPI emitters operate with narrow beam widths, short transmission times, and sophisticated waveforms. The advanced Soviet threat in terms of threat types, signal densities, and LPI techniques requires our future EW systems to respond much faster than current systems by incorporating highly complex receiver, processor, and jamming capabilities. In other words, we must push technology to beat the threat. Some critics of the EW acquisition process believe the Air Force overstates the threat which results in high risk system designs that cannot be implemented within program cost and schedule constraints.

Subject Categories:

  • Countermeasures
  • Acoustics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE