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Effects of RF Directed Energy Weapons on Electronically Controlled Vehicles, Vessels and UAVs

SCI-294, Demonstration and Research of Effects of RF Directed Energy Weapons on Electronically Controlled Vehicles, Vessels and UAVs

On 24 October 2019 the SCI-294 Research Task Group (RTG) performed a cooperative demonstration of technology (CDT) of Radio Frequency (RF) Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) effects on the island of Crete, Greece.  The demonstration was performed at the NATO Missile and Firing Installation (NAMFI) and the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre (NMIOTC) before an audience of representatives from 13 nations.

The SCI-294 RTG demonstrated commercially available, non-lethal, force protection capabilities at tactically relevant distances that afford commanders precious extra time during the escalation of force to ascertain the intent of a potential aggressor.  The demonstation used RF DEW sources from Teledyne e2v and the ALCEN subsidiary, ITHPP.  Amid multiple trials, the sources successfully disarmed the electronic command and control systems of automobiles (static and dynamic), watercraft (with outboard motors) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) (singularly and in swarms).

The British e2v SafeStop source is an L-band emitter.  It was demonstrated in two different configurations.  In the first configuration, the source was mounted on a pan and tilt apparatus capable of 180o hemispherical coverage.  In the second configuration, the source was mounted to the back end of a vehicle enabling the user to prosecute a target either while the source is moving or stationary.  The French ITHPP source is also an L-band emitter.  The French source was demonstrated in a single static configuration defending a serpentine chicane entry to an access control point (ACP) from potential aggressors.

Since 1964, the NAMFI mission has been to “Ensure and provide all needed capabilities and conditions for the execution of annual tactical, training and Anti Tactical Ballistic Missile (ATBM) firings for Units equipped with PATRIOT, ROLAND, OSA A/K, TOR M-1 and STINGER weapon systems, as well as with SHORADS or other advanced systems, aiming to evaluate their combat readiness.”  The SCI-294 RTG demonstration, however, marked the first time that NAMFI welcomed the use of RF DEW on its premises.  With its expanded unique capabilities, its multinational character, its location and favorable weather conditions, NAMFI is an attractive training and evaluation destination for many nations and units any time of the year.

For additional information from the Collaboration Support Office (CSO) regarding SCI-294, please e-mail sci@cso.nato.int. Additional content from the SCI-294 demonstration is available on NAMFI’s website at http://www.namfi.gr/demostration-of-rfdew-rf-directed-energy-weapon-from-nato-sci-294-task-group-at-namfi/



Teledyne e2v SafeStop L-Band Beam Steerer



Teledyne e2v SafeStop L-Band Truck Configuration



ALTEC IHTTP L-Band Source

 

Published 2019-11-25T23:00:00Z by SCI