Highs and Lows of Electronic Warfare

By Mike Lee, Director of Sales and Marketing, dB Control For the US Army, the next chapter of electronic warfare (EW) is all about precision and low visibility. In a statement last month, Col. Mark Dotson said the Army’s new EW strategy is centered on, “using low power to affect the signal and to affect … Continued

Modern MPM Series: Best of Both Worlds for ECM, EW

Guest Author: Jose Gonzales, Production Engineering Manager Major integrators must decide whether to use solid state or traveling wave tube devices to amplify RF signals used in radar, electronic countermeasure (ECM), electronic warfare (EW), datalink and communication systems. In some cases, it boils down to SWaP-C (Size Weight, Power and Cost with instances where C … Continued

Going to IMS? Don’t Skip Booth 1416

Next week, dB Control is headed to Boston for the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) from June 4-6. If you are too, be sure to stop by Booth 1416 to see four traveling wave tube amplifiers with the highest power we’ve ever offered. These rack-mount, pulsed TWTAs feature high duty cycles of operation and cover the 4 to … Continued

Navy Adds Drone Ships to Tactical Network

Reliability, SWaP Top Requirements for New Unmanned Surface Vessels Last week, Defense News reported that a fleet of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) are under development by the US Navy. The reason? The force needs “to be ready for a future where unmanned surface vessels can serve as sensors and shooters in a distributed network of … Continued

New Video: Millimeter-Wave Overview

by Mike Lee, Director of Sales & Marketing Recently, a headline popped up on my news feed: “Millimeter Wave Technology Market share will Increase US $2.5 Billion by 2024.” My colleagues and I weren’t surprised that the millimeter-wave market is on an upward trend. In fact, we’ve stayed ahead of the curve. There will always … Continued

New MQ-9 Reaper Capability: Automated Landing & Take-Off

In an impressive move last month, the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) added a new capability to its growing list: the aircraft successfully took off and landed automatically. This new automated feature will help expand the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) mission capability, enhance combat effectiveness and increase flexibility. “Adding this level of automation will … Continued

How One Military Plane Fights California Wildfires

MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Helps First Responders Make Tactical Decisions As the Carr and Mendocino wildfires raged this summer, the California Air National Guard used the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to capture bird’s eye images and videos of the damage. The footage helped the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection … Continued

Army’s Multi-Domain Battle Means Electronic Warfare Collaboration Starts with Defense Manufacturers

Recently, the US Army asked experts in the defense industry for information on the most innovative, reliable electronic warfare (EW) technologies as part of the Multi-Domain Electronic Warfare Capabilities (MDEWC) Project and Multi-Domain Battle (MDB) Concept. These initiatives are centered around identifying and filling any technology gaps in US EW capabilities – and doing so … Continued

Marines “Mega Drone” Illustrates Need for High-Efficiency Microwave Power Modules

A recent Military article revealed details about the US Marines’ “mega-drone,” an impressive Group 5 aircraft (the largest class of military UAV) that can carry the same payload as an F-35B and fly a radius of up to 700 nautical miles at 30,000 feet. This Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System-Expeditionary (or MUX, for short) also will be able to … Continued

How Harmonic Injection Doubles Ultra-Wideband TWT RF Output

Wideband traveling wave tubes (TWTs) can fall short of an application’s power requirements due to low gain and low RF output power at the lowest frequencies. For example, an ultra-wideband TWT may have 60 dB gain at its mid-band frequencies, but only 10-20 dB at the low end. Fortunately, harmonic injection can be used to … Continued