What is Electronic Warfare?
Electronic warfare uses focused energy, usually radio waves or laser light, to confuse or disable an enemy's electronics. It can also involve listening —collecting an enemy's radio signals or sensing the radar of an incoming missile.
Raytheon has been a leader in electronic warfare since World War II, when it developed a magnetron, or radio wave generator, that became a key part of the Allies' radar systems. In recent years it has pioneered the use of gallium nitride, a substance that produces five times more radio energy than previous technologies.
Today the company is developing tactical lasers, the Next Generation Jammer and other weapons, along with electrical systems capable of powering whatever innovations the future holds.
Integrated electronic warfare suites provide a unified solution to thwart enemy missiles and radars. They include the:
- Advanced Countermeasures Electronic System (ACES) for aircraft.
- Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP), an anti-missile system for ships.
- AN/SLQ-32(V) Shipboard Electronic Warfare System.
Enemies can't target what they can't see. Raytheon's airborne jammers provide a cloak of protection, confusing adversaries, creating "ghost" aircraft and foiling sensors with focused radio energy. They include the:
- Next Generation Jammer (NGJ), a cutting-edge electronic attack pod for the EA-18G Growler jet.
- AN/ALQ-184, a self-protection pod for tactical aircraft.
- The Miniature Air-Launched Decoy-Jammer (MALD-J) , a tiny, self-propelled jammer that can fly up to 500 nautical miles.
Weapons that never need to be reloaded, Raytheon's High Energy Lasers can defend against enemy missiles, mortars, swarming boat attacks and other "close-in" threats.
For non-lethal situations, Raytheon's Silent Guardian can repel individuals or crowds without causing injury.
Decoys keep enemies guessing with the art of deception. Raytheon's offerings include the:
- Miniature Air-Launched Decoy (MALD), a small, jet-powered aircraft that can look like a plane or cruise missile to enemy air defense systems.
- The ALE-50, a decoy that is towed by an aircraft and lures away enemy missiles. More than 25,000 ALE-50s have been delivered.
The High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile, or HARM, detects and destroy radars and radar-directed artillery systems. Eight countries use the missile, and more than 4,000 have been used in combat.
Radar Warning Receivers
- Raytheon's AN/ALR-67 (V)3 radar warning receiver warns pilots of hostile radar activity, including radar-guided missiles.
- The AN/ALR69A(V) detects and displays enemy airborne interceptors, surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft artillery weapon systems.
Suppressing threats in the air helps save lives.
- The Comet pod creates a continuous false target that lures infrared-seeking threats away from aircraft.
- The AN/ALQ-184 pod is an electronic countermeasure for fighter jets that can jam multiple targets at once.
Electronic Warfare Services
We deliver the right support for mission success. Raytheon's Performance Based Logistics has established a process for managing the repair, upgrade, delivery and transport of electronic warfare products in the field.
We offer unique processes and tools - proven in a combat environment - that combine to create a robust and agile support environment for a full complement of electronic warfare systems.
National security is at the core of Raytheon Applied Signals Technology’s mission. For more than a quarter of a century, this focus has driven our work in developing trusted strategic and tactical signals intelligence (SIGINT) solutions that protect the interests of the U.S. and its partners.