C4iSR: Air

ONR outlines vision for autonomous, distributed airborne EW

07 August 2019

The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) is planning to develop advanced algorithms and software to enable autonomous, distributed airborne electronic warfare (EW) operations.

ONR's Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare Resource Allocation Management (EMW RAM), under the Future Naval Capabilities (FNC) programme, is seeking software technologies for next-generation EW systems to enable adaptive resource and task management for optimising electronic support (ES) and electronic attack (EA) functions, based on tactical needs for on-board single (own) platform systems and between multiple platforms.

According to ONR's Information, Cyber and Spectrum Superiority Department, it is envisaged that algorithms and real-time prototype code will incorporate an EW Battle Management (EWBM) framework for own-platform co-ordination and multi-platform collaborative engagements; an advanced EW Adaptive System Management (ASM) framework for ES and EA resource and task management; and an own-platform human-machine interface (HMI) with artificial intelligence decision aids.

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