Representatives of the US army announced that a new jammer of radio signals, capable of working in cyberspace, will appear in the country’s defensive arsenal. Thus, the United States plans to erase the boundaries between traditional electronic warfare and cyber operations, writes DefenseNews.
Cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum are inextricably linked, but sometimes this leads to controversy about why cyberspace is considered a war zone and the electromagnetic spectrum is not.
“Now that we can build phased array antennas and apply advanced signal suppression techniques, we are really starting to blur the lines between what we would consider traditional jamming and cyber warfare,” said Rear Admiral John Meyer, Commanding General of the Navy. Atlantic. “I think that the capabilities of the new muffler will open up a wide range of not only suppression methods, range, effective radiated power, but also take us to other areas that we never had the opportunity to implement.”
In his speech, Meyer announced the Next Generation jammer, the main airborne electronic attack platform for the Navy, to be installed on the EA-18G Growlers aircraft. It is broken down into three modules, covering three parts of the electromagnetic spectrum: medium, low, and high.
RF cyberspace “is becoming an increasingly important component of our cyber operations as more and more of our adversaries are getting smarter and connecting their systems to wired networks that are either firewall-protected or independent of the Internet, so they are not easily accessible. This is primarily about Russia and China, ”said Brian Clarke, Senior Research Fellow, and Director of the Center for Defense Concepts and Technologies at the Hudson Institute. “They move a lot of equipment onto wired networks, so there is a lot of interest in new and innovative ways to penetrate adversary networks, such as the radar system that is used to transmit information to their combat system, the jammer for electronic warfare.”
The US Army has experimented in this area and created new tactical cyber units to conduct ground operations using radio frequencies. For example, during the exercise, the service used radio frequency techniques to gain access to security cameras in cities ahead of a planned operation.