Technological Advancements in EW: A Way Forward for Royal Saudi Naval Force
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The modern battlefield has become exceedingly complex and technology driven. It is signified by highly sophisticated surveillance systems thereby resulting in reduced time for decision making, execution of orders and conduct of operations. This reduced response time is essentially due to non-availability of requisite enemy data and presentation of information extracted from that data in a less understandable format. Modern electronic warfare EW systems are designed to process such information automatically to facilitate decision makers in better understanding of the battlefield situation and making quick decisions, thereby allowing more response time to the warfighter on the scene. Saudi Arabia, the thirteenth-largest nation in the world, is located in an oil rich region and shares its borders with Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. This region has been in a state of conflict for many decades. The Iraq Iran war, the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait, Operation Enduring Freedom and Desert Shield, Iran s ambitions of becoming a nuclear power, and Syria s civil war are examples of recent and on-going conflicts. As a regional power, Saudi Arabia has her economic interests coupled with regional security. With more than 2000 kilometers of coastline to defend, Saudi Arabia faces a challenge keeping economically vital sea lines of communication open for the export of crude oil and other petroleum products. All these factors demand a high degree of operational readiness by Royal Saudi Armed forces, especially the Royal Saudi Naval Force.
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