Electronic warfare

As the primary source of electronic warfare and radar research and development (R&D) in Australia, DST Group provides the electromagnetic edge for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Whether used to maximise Australia’s own capability or to neutralise an opposing force, electromagnetic combat and radar systems are critical to Australia’s combat effectiveness.

We research how to use electronic means to deny an adversary the advantage of, as well as ensuring friendly unimpeded access to, the electromagnetic spectrum. This research considers the use of the electromagnetic spectrum for observing, jamming and manipulating an adversary. This includes electronic attack, electronic protection and electronic warfare support.

Electronic attack involves the use of electromagnetic spectrum to attack enemy facilities, equipment or personnel with the intent of degrading, neutralising or destroying enemy combat capability. Electronic protection involves passive and active measures taken to protect own personnel, facilities and equipment from any effects of electronic warfare that may degrade, neutralise or destroy own combat capability. Electronic warfare support involves actions taken to search for, intercept, identify, and locate sources of radiated electromagnetic energy for the purpose of threat recognition, targeting and operations. 

Key information

Areas of expertise

  • radar systems
  • RF engineering
  • electro-optics
  • counter-measure development
  • signature management
  • signal and image processing
  • software engineering
  • sensor systems
  • simulation