Posts Tagged electronic warfare

Navy Retires EA-6B Prowler

From Defense Media Network:

The Prowler flew its last deployment with the “Garudas” of VAQ-134 aboard USSGeorge H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in November 2014. It is being replaced by the EA-18G Growler, more often called the Grizzly in order not to be confused with the EA-6B during flight operations. While the Navy is retiring the Prowler, plans are for it to remain in service with the Marine Corps until at least 2019.

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North Korea Developing EMP Bomb, Electronic Weapons

From ABC News:

The North is believed to be nearing completion of an electromagnetic pulse bomb that, if exploded 25 miles above ground would cause irreversible damage to electrical and electronic devices such as mobile phones, computers, radio and radar, experts say.

The current attempts to interfere with GPS transmissions are coming from atop a modified truck-mounted Russian device. Pyongyang reportedly imported the GPS jamming system from Russia in early 2000 and has since developed two kinds of a modified version.

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Electromagnetic Warfare

The Navy is in the process of replacing old EA-6B Prowlers with new EA-18G Growlers (a electronic warfare version of the Super Hornet).

Via Wired’s Danger Room blog:

The frontline weapon for this electronic war is a new airborne jamming system currently in development. The Next Generation Jammer should allow the Navy to blind the enemy’s radars, disrupt its communications and slip malicious code into computer networks.

Besides radar-jamming, the NGJ should allow the Navy to disable remotely detonated, improvised explosive devices — something the EA-6B already does — as well as insert viruses into command networks, a tactic Israel allegedly first used in combat during its 2007 air attacks on a suspected Syrian nuke site.

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Overview of Potential threat: Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack

“If Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda — or the dictators of North Korea or Iran — had the ability to destroy America as a superpower, would they be tempted to try?

Wouldn’t that temptation be even greater if that result could be achieved with a single attack, involving just one nuclear weapon, perhaps even one of modest power and relatively unsophisticated design?

And, what if the attacker could be reasonably sure that the United States would not know who was responsible for such a devastating blow?

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Protecting the Critical Infrastructure

From: IDGA

With a turbulent economic outlook, advancing threats from cyber criminals and an ongoing oil spill impacting our global ecosystem; the challenge of protecting the critical infrastructure can no longer be an exercise in reactive security. Caretakers of these systems have to look at changing how they monitor, control, and recover in the event of a cyberevent. By the looks of things BP is dealing with their fair share of Hacktivism right now.


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