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Raytheon delivers electronic jamming capability for Gray Eagle UAS

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Raytheon delivers electronic jamming capability for Gray Eagle UAS

Effort will mark first time Army has capability on unmanned vehicle

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has delivered two electronic attack payloads in support of the U.S. Army's Networked Electronic Warfare, Remotely Operated (NERO) system. The payloads were delivered as part of a contract awarded by the U.S. Navy NAVSEA-Crane in 2012. NERO is utilized on the Army's MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS (Umanned Aircraft System) as an airborne electronic attack system capable of jamming enemy communications systems.

The NERO system builds on the success of the Army's Communications Electronic Attack with Surveillance and Reconnaissance (CEASAR) program. By migrating the same pod system and advanced capability to the Gray Eagle, NERO is capable of two- to three-times longer missions with reduced operating costs compared with the current C-12 based CEASAR system. It also reduces risk to the warfighter by being mounted onto an unmanned platform.

"NERO provides critical jamming capabilities to warfighters in counterinsurgency environments," said Glen Bassett, director of Advanced Communications and Countermeasures for Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business. "We leveraged our combat-proven success from the manned CEASAR program to deliver this key tactical electronic attack capability onto an unmanned application."

CEASAR, first awarded in 2010, was mounted onto a Beechcraft King Air C-12 aircraft and uses the same lightweight pod as NERO. Both systems enable the Army to control use of the electromagnetic spectrum by providing beyond line of sight jamming capability to support ground troop operations.

CEASAR and NERO counter military and commercial communication systems in today's operations and are adaptable to counter the next generation of enemy threats.

http://raytheon.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=2328
 

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Thank you for posting seruriermarshal..

A Gray Eagle couldn't survive 90s (more like 70s) era threats let alone "the nGen of enemy threats" so the last line is especially entertaining. :)
 

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I suppose you think a C-12, a type of aircraft the US Army flew in this kind of role even in the Cold War vs hundreds of MiGs and SAM sites is dramatically more survivable? The jamming system is a variant of the AN/ALQ-227 which jams VHF and UHF communications, jamming the former over the horizon is entirely possible as the article briefly mentions. A low flying Grey Eagle jamming enemy communications from behind the FEBA is a perfectly survivable role and a very valuable capability considering how small the C-12 force is, as well as the EH-60 Quick Fix jammer helicopter fleet. Among other things jammer aircraft like this are very good counters to all the UAVs the enemy will have.
 

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Sea Skimmer said:
I suppose you think a C-12, a type of aircraft the US Army flew in this kind of role even in the Cold War vs hundreds of MiGs and SAM sites is dramatically more survivable? The jamming system is a variant of the AN/ALQ-227 which jams VHF and UHF communications, jamming the former over the horizon is entirely possible as the article briefly mentions. A low flying Grey Eagle jamming enemy communications from behind the FEBA is a perfectly survivable role and a very valuable capability considering how small the C-12 force is, as well as the EH-60 Quick Fix jammer helicopter fleet. Among other things jammer aircraft like this are very good counters to all the UAVs the enemy will have.

GA and for that matter AV make great non-military model airplanes..good, low endurance target drones.
Thinkin C-12s, EH-60s were/are not to be used for SEAD but for supporting ground unit targeting in permissive environments and/or quite back from the FEBA. ie low to no "threats".

"jamming over the horizon".. yes and bricks fly too w/ enough thrust.

"counter the next generation of enemy threats." hoodwinking readers into beliveing a CPhone user and a NGen SAM are the same.. Problem is the SAM long since killed the no speed, non-high dynamic maneuver, non-stealth drone.

Any new foreign UAS will run circles around the toys we keep buying ..minus the pricy jets ie 170 Sentinel & UCAS of course.
 

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Since you obviously know nothing about radio propagation or use of army electronic warfare assets talking to you is completely pointless.
 

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Sea Skimmer said:
Since you obviously know nothing about radio propagation or use of army electronic warfare assets talking to you is completely pointless.
Given my direct professional and classified work ..would have to claim the same in reverse..
 

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Right, your anonymous claims are ever so much more credible then those of the US military which of course must have no idea what so ever as to what it is doing. If you had a classifed window into this thing, you would not be posting on an open forum about it.
 
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