Cobham plan to induct a new Anti-Ship Missile airborne jamming pod into operational service by 2021
Cobham expect to have a new airborne Anti-Ship Missile (AShM) electronic warfare training system in service by 2021. The system takes the form of a pod which can be mounted onboard an airborne platform such as a business jet. It is designed to emit Radio Frequency (RF) energy, and thus mimic the radar transmissions of an AShM. This will enable it to be used to train warship crews to take the correct action in case of AShM attack.
Cobham sources told MONS that the AShM pod will emit RF in the eight gigahertz (GHz) to 20GHz range, encompassing the X-band, Ku-band and Ka-band radar frequencies which are commonly used for active radar homing AShMs. The firm adds that the pod employs a software defined approach enabling it to be upgraded throughout its service life to take new RF threats and tactics into account as and when they are determined.
The AShM pod forms parts of a trio of systems which the firm has launched to aid EW training, this includes a communications jamming training pod transmitting across 30 megahertz (MHz) to 512MHz frequencies, and a radar jamming training pod transmitting across 0.5MHz to 40GHz. Both these latter pods are now available for procurement. Cobham stated that these typically have a transmission range of eight nautical miles/nm (15 kilometres/km) to 17.3nm (32.1km) at altitude, although the firm adds that ranges of 86.8nm (160.9km) have been achieved. These latter two jamming pods, which each include four antennae (fore, aft, port and starboard) employ a software defined approach, much like the forthcoming AShM pod.
Thomas Withington, London