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At Euronaval 2022, Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has unveiled a new marine electronic support (ES) solution for naval vessels conducting electronic warfare (EW). By combining specialised antennas for receiving electronic signals across the entire spectrum in an integrated antenna mast, the new solution allows for an automated approach to processing radar and communications signals for situational awareness and self-protection in a single system.

The integrated antenna mast accommodates the electronic components. Photo: Rohde & Schwarz

The integrated antenna mast allows for the antennas to have optimal reception and mutual interference is minimized. Reception gaps due to interference in azimuth are avoided. In the protected housing, all electronics are protected from vibrations, saltwater and temperature fluctuations. The solution is suitable for retrofitting into existing hardware.

The scalable naval EW solution detects, identifies and localizes radar emissions and intercepts hostile communications. Combining the monitoring results provides an expanded picture across the electromagnetic spectrum. The high sensitivity and accuracy allows for increased range and early warning capability, protecting naval vessels from time-critical threats.

The new Rohde & Schwarz Marine ES solution is already in use with an unspecified user. Under the name KORA, R&S has supplied an earlier version of this system for the new F126 frigate. KORA detects, identifies and tracks complex and broadband radar emissions as well as communications signals.