Military & Aerospace editor, John Keller, reports U.S. Air Force weapons experts are looking to industry for new technologies to apply high-power electromagnetics (HPEM) technologies to electronic warfare (EW) and cyber warfare.
Officials of the Directed Energy Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., released a broad agency announcement for new initiatives in the High Power Electromagnetics (HPEM) Cyber and Electronic Warfare Applications (CEWA) program.
Keller reports, “The HPEM CEWA project seeks to use high-power electromagnetics technologies to support and enhance the missions of the military cyber and EW communities. Air Force researchers particularly are interested in using single-shot HPEM technology, multi-shot HPEM technology, and specialized waveform technologies. Sponsoring the effort are officials of the Directed Energy Directorate’s High Power Electromagnetic Division, Cyber/ Electronic Warfare Applications Program (AFRL/RDHA).
Research will include the study, analysis, and formulation of scenarios in which HPEM can be used for cyber or EW applications, as well as to conduct experiments and demonstrate innovative concepts, researchers say.”
Researchers want to identify the radio frequency power density, pulse width, pulse repetition rate, and other parameters based on cyber and EW experiments. Experts want to understand how robust HPEM effects can be in cyber and EW applications based on experiments.
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