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14 November 2012 Trends in electro-optical electronic warfare
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Protection of military aircraft from hostile threats is paramount to ensure the survivability of aircrews, platforms, and mission success. While the threat environment continues to become more complex, shrinking defense budgets places new challenges on the development of electronic warfare (EW) systems. This paper presents the trends in electro-optical EW system development including 1) features, 2) affordability, 3) open architecture, 4) multi-functionality, 5) integrated avionics survivability equipment, and 6) enabling technologies for sensors, and optical sources. While these system attributes are not new, they have grown in importance in the design of EW systems. And, if treated correctly can have a beneficial symbiotic relationship to each other and to the airframe they support.
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Carl R. Smith, Robert Grasso, Jack Pledger, and Naveen Murarka "Trends in electro-optical electronic warfare", Proc. SPIE 8543, Technologies for Optical Countermeasures IX, 854302 (14 November 2012);


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