PICATINNY ARSENAL, NJ – US Army seekers needed the ability to deliver electronic warfare (EW) spoofers and jammers by field artillery to contested corners of the world. They found their solution at SRC Inc. in Syracuse, NY
U.S. Army Picatinny Team officials at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, have selected SRC for a research project to develop the ability of artillery to pursue enemy formations, as well as conduct control missions and disturbance.
SRC engineers are capitalizing on the company’s Silent Impact technology, which uses a 155-millimeter artillery shell as a delivery mechanism to extend navigational warfare (NAVWAR), NAVWAR situational awareness, and EW capabilities deep into the contested territory to overwhelm and overwhelm an opponent.
The system can deliver cyber-electromagnetic attack payloads in flight, using parachutes to stay aloft for long periods of time, and on the ground after landing. The system also provides advanced cyber and non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to identify and exploit adversaries.
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EW systems are designed to fit into existing artillery ammunition boxes to help provide better situational awareness, giving soldiers the intelligence they need to observe adversaries, move forces there where they are most needed, decide on a course of action and execute mission plans.
The SRC’s work with the military is part of the first phase of a spiraling capability to engage enemy formations and control and disruption missions. Iterative development, says Mike Ryan, assistant vice president of Army Accounts at SRC.
The project uses non-lethal jamming and spoofing options to control the battlespace and improve lethality. SRC experts anticipate that the enabling technologies they develop for the Army will end up being part of a future registration program in as little as two to three years.
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Live-fire testing of the Silent Impact technologies is expected by the end of this year, and “it could be three or four years before it hits the battlefield,” Ryan said.
SRC’s work with the military on this project began in 2018 with a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to study the deployment of disruption, decoy and deception effects via artillery.
The disturbance can jam enemy radars, communications, and other RF and microwave systems. Decoy and deception can usurp the enemy by mimicking signals of concern to hijack an adversary’s signals intelligence.
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“It might look like blue force signals that are where they shouldn’t be,” Ryan says. “It could look like a squad communicating, creating multiple dilemmas for the opponent. It’s an overwhelming effect.
Silent Impact technologies can also deliver battlefield electronic intelligence payloads to listen to an adversary’s radio signals to detect, identify, and locate threats on the ground.