Israel has unveiled what it says is the world’s first family of electronic warfare systems, capable of detecting and disrupting multiple targets at the same time with the use of special beams.
The brand new Scorpius systems can deal with ships, drones and radar installations as well as other threats from the air, ground, and sea, according to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a state-run defense contractor.
They do not use bullets or missiles to operate, rather they send narrowly focused beams out that block various enemy systems such as radars and sensors.
Based on the latest electronic scanning technologies, the Scorpius systems can cover vast areas and disrupt multiple targets at the same time – even if they’re located at varying distances from each other, the company said.
“Protecting the use of the electromagnetic domain for our forces, while denying its use by the enemy, has become mission-critical” for Israel as this field is absolutely crucial for success in modern warfare, said Adi Dulberg, the head of IAI’s intelligence division.
“The new technology, developed by IAI’s talented engineers, tips the scale of electronic warfare, providing world-first breakthrough capabilities”He also added that the country was important to him.
Four versions of Scorpius systems are available, with its ground variant – which can be both stationary and vehicle-based – intended for detecting and disrupting ground and airborne threats. The naval version is aimed at creating a sort of electronic protection dome above the vessel on which it’s based, while the aerial system provides a warplane with the option of disrupting the enemy’s electromagnetic operations both on land and in the air. There’s also Scorpius-T, used for training and getting the pilots acquainted with the hardware.
This announcement comes one week after an Israeli military launch a large balloon from the northern part of the country. The ‘Sky Dew’ craft, which IAI also helped develop, is said to boost the country’s air defenses through its radar, capable of detecting incoming long-range missiles, cruise missiles and drones.
Israel has invested heavily in radar technology and air defense in recent years because of concerns about Iranian drones, missiles, and rocket proliferation in the Middle Eastern.
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