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Jamming, hacking electronics and "deceiving" missiles: in the United States announced plans to develop corps electronic warfare

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In recent years, Western experts have repeatedly pointed to the significant advantages received by the Russian military due to the introduction of a whole range of electronic warfare equipment. The Pentagon's new TLS program is designed to bridge the United States' backlog in electronic warfare. The program envisages not only jamming and hacking electronics, but also the so-called "deception" of missiles.


Defense separation


Within the framework of the TLS (Terrestrial Layer System) project, the US military intends to obtain two types of electronic warfare systems, the task of which is to combat drones, unguided rockets and artillery shells, missiles that rely on a signal for guidance and flight control.

TLS-BCT (Brigade Combat Teams) is designed to escort brigade level combat groups. It is expected to fit on the chassis of one Stryker APC. The new product is planned to be received in 2022.

TLS-EAB (Echelons Above Brigade) will become its "big brother". This system is positioned as a means of electronic warfare against missiles at the hull level. It will already be mounted on a pair of FMTV Oshkosh army trucks.

One of them with a calculation of 8 people. will carry equipment, transmitters and a drone or balloon. This complex of means is necessary for detecting enemy signals [used to control UAVs or ammunition], triangulating the location of their source to deliver strikes and destroy communications. It is planned to block and intercept control of the UAV / projectile by electronic means using a combination of interference, wireless hacking and deceptive signals. Essentially, the same tasks are assigned to the TLS-BCT brigade system, but its hull counterpart has a greater coverage and range.

On the second truck with a crew of 4 people. equipment that is not available in TLS-BCT will be installed. It is responsible for short-term but powerful electronic protection of key objects, such as divisional command posts, corps and theater of operations.

The truck-mounted TLS-EAB will be much larger and more powerful than the TLS-BCT systems located closer to the front line, using the Stryker chassis, and the MFEW-Air-Large, which is mounted on the drone and is responsible for jamming / sensing. However, TLS-EAB will exchange data with them, allowing less powerful electronic warfare to avoid remote threats. In addition, the TLS-EAB is expected to be connected to extensive command and control systems, even accessing data collected by spy satellites.



Decoy instead of target


Damping an approaching hypersonic or ballistic missile can be daunting as they fly at a tremendous speed - Mach 5 and up - and are within reach of just a few seconds.

- notes the Breaking Defense edition.

However, in this case, the electronic warfare system, which is planned to be developed in the United States, will fight the threat by creating false targets and disorienting the enemy's means of destruction.

If you trick enemy reconnaissance and targeting systems by forcing them to shoot at the decoy instead of the actual target, it doesn't matter how fast their missiles are - they will still miss.

- explains Breaking Defense.

But at present, TLS-EAB is only visible in the future: it is expected that the request for proposals will arrive in February-March 2021, and the prototype will be ready in the fall of 2023.

Given the budget hit by the coronavirus and the upcoming elections, I'm far from sure the army can afford all of this.

- summarizes the author of Breaking Defense.
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  1. Ka-52
    Ka-52 1 October 2020 11: 18 New
    +8
    American developers do not read Voennoye Obozreniye. And in vain - here experts from the couch have long debunked electronic warfare as such.
  2. KVU-NSVD
    KVU-NSVD 1 October 2020 11: 24 New
    +2
    In recent years, Western experts have repeatedly pointed to the significant advantages received by the Russian military due to the introduction of a whole range of electronic warfare equipment. The Pentagon's new TLS program is designed to bridge the United States' lag in electronic warfare.
    Let them catch up. In this matter, the main thing is not to stand still.
  3. Operator
    Operator 1 October 2020 11: 32 New
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    Damping an approaching hypersonic or ballistic missile can be prohibitively difficult - and Breaking Defense is exactly a specialized publication or is it a fake news that does not know basic things, such as why there is no need to jam hypersonic ammunition, since they are already shielded by their plasma shell? laughing
    1. eklmn
      eklmn 1 October 2020 15: 33 New
      +1
      Andrey, you commented on the first paragraph of the article, but ignored the second. In the original, they are inseparable:
      “In fact, damping an approaching hypersonic or ballistic missile can be prohibitively difficult as these weapons fly very fast - Mach 5 and up - and can only be within seconds of reach. But if you trick the enemy's reconnaissance and targeting systems into firing at the decoy instead of at the actual target, it doesn't matter how fast their missiles are - they will still miss. ”
      Orig. article here:
      https://breakingdefense.com/2020/09/army-wants-new-mega-jammer-in-2023-tls-eab/
      1. Operator
        Operator 1 October 2020 21: 22 New
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        I wrote - "not why", i.e. electronic jamming of hypersonic munitions is a contrived problem.

        As for decoys - in this matter there is no direct connection with the GBP, since this method applies to all types of ammunition.
  4. rocket757
    rocket757 1 October 2020 11: 33 New
    +2
    Everyone has PLANS!
    Those who are preparing the means of attack and those who are preparing the means of defense!
    I really don't want to check whom, on a global scale!
  5. g1washntwn
    g1washntwn 1 October 2020 12: 02 New
    +2
    And Russian electronic warfare systems are so powerful that they even jam information about their existence in the media and foreign spies in the mailboxes of the Ministry of Defense! smile
    He smiled about the suppression of hypersound. You can just as well try to hack a falling brick from an iPhone. If the jamming of RER funds, then it has already happened. If counter-electronic warfare - too. If you are going to jam Glonass, then such a bandura will not fit on the striker's chassis even with a subatomic transistor technology. Should I carry a nuclear reactor with me again? In general, as I understand it, tasks decomposition again to bring limited functionality to the forefront.
  6. imobile2008
    imobile2008 1 October 2020 12: 32 New
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    Quote: KVU-NSVD
    In recent years, Western experts have repeatedly pointed to the significant advantages received by the Russian military due to the introduction of a whole range of electronic warfare equipment. The Pentagon's new TLS program is designed to bridge the United States' lag in electronic warfare.
    Let them catch up. In this matter, the main thing is not to stand still.
    They are not catching up, we did not have electronic filling, and they had nothing to develop. Now it appears little by little, so they do.
    1. dzvero
      dzvero 1 October 2020 14: 43 New
      +2
      The filling was. It's just that in those days the goals were "simpler". "Smart" missiles had just appeared in commercial quantities, computer networks were a novelty, the platoon commander could only dream of a personal GPS navigator ... All this appeared in the 90s and only among Americans. That is why they were in no hurry. But in the last decade, all of a sudden from around the corner ... in general, even the latest Taliban in slippers can plant a smart wunderwaffe for a thousand bucks in a tank for ten million. And heavyweights can insert such a radio-electronic stick that everything will go perpendicular to that beautiful presentation at the headquarters ... So they are trying to catch up.
  7. imobile2008
    imobile2008 1 October 2020 12: 35 New
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    Quote: Ka-52
    American developers do not read Voennoye Obozreniye. And in vain - here experts from the couch have long debunked electronic warfare as such.

    Electronic warfare is a good thing. But the efficiency is minimal. It's like a light breeze, it won't be able to knock you down, but it can prevent you from shooting exactly 2 km.... It is good that there are no more "couch ekperds" who claimed that you just have to turn on and all the planes will fall from the sky!
    1. Hexenmeister
      Hexenmeister 1 October 2020 12: 43 New
      +2
      Electronic warfare is a good thing. But the efficiency is minimal. It's like a light breeze, it won't be able to knock you down, but it can prevent you from shooting exactly 2 km.
      So the opposite is true, since the shooter missed, then his effectiveness is minimal, and the effectiveness of what interfered (helped to miss) is maximum!
  8. imobile2008
    imobile2008 1 October 2020 13: 41 New
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    Quote: Hexenmeister
    Electronic warfare is a good thing. But the efficiency is minimal. It's like a light breeze, it won't be able to knock you down, but it can prevent you from shooting exactly 2 km.
    So the opposite is true, since the shooter missed, then his effectiveness is minimal, and the effectiveness of what interfered (helped to miss) is maximum!

    Let's just say he won't miss, but he won't shoot in ideal conditions. Maybe it will take longer to aim, or maybe it will miss once.
  9. imobile2008
    imobile2008 1 October 2020 14: 59 New
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    Quote: dzvero
    The filling was. It's just that in those days the goals were "simpler". "Smart" missiles had just appeared in commercial quantities, computer networks were a novelty, the platoon commander could only dream of a personal GPS navigator ... All this appeared in the 90s and only among Americans. That is why they were in no hurry. But in the last decade, all of a sudden from around the corner ... in general, even the latest Taliban in slippers can plant a smart wunderwaffe for a thousand bucks in a tank for ten million. And heavyweights can insert such a radio-electronic stick that everything will go perpendicular to that beautiful presentation at the headquarters ... So they are trying to catch up.

    there was no filling. About 10 years ago, controllers with 2 kilobytes of memory began to be used. These rockets made a splash
  10. zwlad
    zwlad 1 October 2020 15: 04 New
    +1
    If you trick enemy reconnaissance and targeting systems by forcing them to shoot at the decoy instead of the actual target, it doesn't matter how fast their missiles are - they will still miss.

    Is it possible to deceive that? and