Electronic warfare operations

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The Electronic Warfare Operations branch of Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division is concerned with techniques, technologies and systems to detect and defeat threats using the electromagnetic spectrum.

This includes:

  • scientific and technical intelligence to build an understanding of threat development
  • testing of electro-optic and radio frequency (RF) threat warnings
  • development, testing and validation of electro-optic and RF countermeasures
  • development of advanced laser technologies.

The Electronic Warfare Operations branch works closely with a number of client groups, such as the Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) and the Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Unit (JEWOSU) and includes a significant component of trial activities.

Communications electronic warfare

The Communications Electronic Warfare group covers countering of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) through their exploitation and development of countermeasure techniques to support ADF. Our long-term research program is focused on communications electronic warfare and systemic effects.

Specific areas of interest include communications electronic warfare countermeasure techniques, implementation of advanced EA concepts in hardware and software for force protection, convergence of communication, EW and force protection systems into multifunction EW, RF systems and electronic engineering, software engineering, specialised RF device, and antennas.

Electro-optic electronic warfare

Our Electro-Optic electronic warfare group undertakes research and development (R&D) in technologies and techniques to understand, detect and defeat electro-optic threats.

This work includes electro-optic system design, performance prediction and testing of missile warners and missile seekers, and signal processing and algorithm development.

We make a significant investment in testing and validating countermeasures, including the development and use of a hardware-in-the-loop testbed; and design and conduct of complex trials.

RF electronic warfare

Our RF Electronic Warfare group develops technology and concepts capable of defeating a future networked, highly adaptive and increasingly complex threat.

Activities within this group include threat analysis, RF countermeasures development and testing and validation against advanced threats, cognitive electronic attack against adaptive software defined threats, ongoing development of RF countermeasure testbeds, signal processing, software and firmware programming, signal injection; and complex trial activities.


Key information

Areas of expertise:

  • physics
  • electro-optic and RF engineering
  • laser and optical physics
  • applied mathematics
  • real-time electronics
  • signal processing
  • scientific programming