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Scientific Support to NATO Aerospace Capability Group 3 Sub-Group 2 (ACG3/SG2) on Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD)

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Systems Concepts and Integration

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AEA, Airborne Electronic Attack, Cognitive EW, Electronic Attack, Electronic Warfare, RF Countermeasures, SEAD, Spectrum Operations, Suppression of Enemy Air Defence


NATO Aerospace Capability Group 3 Sub-Group 2 (ACG3/SG2) are supporting the development of a joint NATO Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD), and associated Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) capability. SG2 have requested scientific support from the SCI Panel.


The establishment of the RTG is seen as providing the coordination function for the various strands of research being conducted across STO. This research activity will support DI, building on the NATO SEAD Vision and CONEMP, with direction to the development of the Master Question List, Capability Audit and Gap Analysis which in turn will underpin procurement decisions and identify future research goals for the RTG. It is expected that future SEAD capabilities will be reliant on S&T developments and concepts combining the effects of: interoperability, command and control, miniaturisation of AEA payloads, Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), swarming for effect, cognitive Electronic Warfare (EW), real time targeting including passive, or non-emitting, systems and novel delivery platforms.


• Audit of STO activities that have application to the SEAD challenge; • Development, co-ordination and prioritisation of STO SEAD related activities; • Knowledge integration to pull together the activities led from DI and ACG3/SG2 to support the delivery of the NATO Programme Plan; • Technology Watch on both threat and SEAD capability axis to identify requirements and opportunities; • Lead research tasks as defined in the Programme Plan.

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