Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapons in Tactical Scenarios (SCI-250)
|Type||RTO Task Group|
STO-TR-SCI-250-Part-II - NATO Susceptibility Test Procedure Recommendation Against RFW Threats
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|Principal Military References|
|Covered Military Functions|
|Keywords||Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapons; Critical Infrastructure; C4I; RF Attack Detection; Protection; Non-Lethal Capabilities; RF Coupling; Test Methodologies; Standardization|
|Leading RTO Panel||, AVT|
|In Coordination with|
|Partner Nations Invited?|
• Effects of RFW on tactical C4I systems and other critical military infrastructure • Military value and tactical implications of RFW and hardening • Concepts for use and constraints on both the use of and protection against RFW • RFW attack detection techniques • Tactical demonstration of the application of RFW • RFW as NLW capabilities • Technical support and recommendations to NATO standardization groups Contributions to the Programme of Work (PoW) covering the above topics are expected to include component and subsystem testing, modelling and simulation of RF coupling to electronic circuits, and further use of previously gathered data. To accomplish this, the nations involved will provide suitable test facilities, high-power sources, instrumentation and relevant test objects, and/or suited modelling and simulation capabilities.
For more than two decades, technical teams under the former Defence Research Group (DRG) and the current Research and Technology Organization (RTO) have conducted studies concerning the threat of High Power Microwaves (HPM) to military as well as civilian infrastructure and electronic systems. From initial generic studies, the programs of work have made a natural progression into the most recent programs of testing tactical network equipment, most recently in the SCI-198/RTG on Protection of Military Equipment against High Power Microwave Attacks. Due to the current and previous efforts within NATO, concepts and technologies have matured and could emerge to be taken forward to support NATO activities with low collateral damage and non-lethal weapons (NLW) capabilities. The activity is of relevance to several NATO military long term capability requirements, notably: Communications Services for Networking and Information Infrastructure (H.1), Deployment and Mobility of Forces (H.4), Network Enabled Capability (H.10), Non-Lethal Capability (M.13), and the DAT Priority 11 on Non-lethal Capabilities.
The RTG will carry laboratory testing and analyses from previous task groups into realistic scenarios. The activities will aim to address the use of high-power microwave (HPM) and radio frequency (RF) directed energy weapons (DEW) against military infrastructure and electronic equipment. Issues related to the defence against terrorism will also be considered. In particular, tests will be conducted to support the generation of overview charts and coverage diagrams with typical threat distances for various scenarios and RF weapon (RFW) categories. The conduct of a joint trial will make it possible to generate the required data without a need for release of nationally sensitive data.
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