WASHINGTON – If enemy cruise missiles, helicopter gunfire and even fighter-jet launched bombs close in on Navy surface ships at sea, service commanders could employ time-sensitive layered defensive weapons to include interceptor missiles, deck-mounted guns, electronic warfare tactics and even lasers. Kris Osborn at Warrior Maven reports. Continue reading original article
The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:
10 Sept. 2019 -- Navy preparations for this kind of scenario include the use of radar, long-range sensors and coordinated surveillance with surface, undersea and air assets - all seemingly operated for rapid response-enabled destruction of incoming enemy fire.
Virtually all of these contingencies rely upon an often overlooked area of maritime warfare -- information warfare. Targeting data for pretty much any defensive weapons system would need to precede or inform fire control systems and certain kinds of sensor-weapons fusion.
For this reason, the Navy is revving up its focus on training a new generation of information warriors to surge into future decades, hopefully armed with the technical skills needed to counter enemy attacks today and 20 years from now.
John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics