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IAI unveils new compact electronic support measure solution

IAI TacSense is a new tactical low-SWaP ESM solution, which weighs approximately 16 kg. A manportable version is also available. (Israel Aerospace Industries)

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled TacSense, a new compact electronic support measure (ESM) system.

TacSense is a compact, low-SWaP (size, weight, and power) ESM system that can intercept, classify, track, and analyse radars across the radar-frequency spectrum, including the latest low-probability-of-intercept (LPI) emitters, the company announced on 3 November.

Intended for tactical scenarios, the solution can be used for aerial platforms that require low-SWaP sensors, for discreet fixed installations or during ground force manoeuvres, the company said. Tactical ground vehicles and small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are some of the platforms the ESM solution can be integrated on, the company added.

A manpack version is also available, the company said.

An IAI spokesperson informed Janes that the sensor's “weight ranges from <5 kg (the bare sensor) to 16 kg, depending on antennas and auxiliary equipment”, while its power consumption is below 120 W.

Its detection range is said to be tens of kilometres, higher than the requirement for tactical scenarios, although this range does vary depending on which emitters are being detected, the spokesperson said.

The ESM system is designed to support tactical forces that may be exposed to electronic threats such as from ground-based and airborne radars searching for and attempting to target units. It can also protect forces from other electromagnetic activity such as from communications and radar jamming, and is capable of detecting forces beyond the visual range, including under deep cover, where radar and electro-optic/infrared systems are unable to penetrate, the company said.

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