So the Growler remains useful as a standoff jammer
against standoff enemy radar."
The new systems tested aboard a French Air Force Mirage aircraft during the trials, which included participants from 14 NATO countries, included Thomson's Barax NG (which stands for "new generation"), a self-protection pod employing digital radio-frequency memory (DRFM) techniques; the Carbone, described by the company as an "offensive" standoff jammer
; and a demonstration version of the company's Barbara towed self-protection transmitter.
The B-52 has evolved greatly from its Cold War days and will continue to add new missions with upgrades, such as the standoff jammer, in the works.
The standoff jammer is the next phase in the evolution, Nally said.
While a program to upgrade the aircraft's multi-mission computer is already underway (see "B-52H Computer Upgrade to Enhance Potential Role as Standoff Jammer
," JED, June 2000, p.
Instead, in the conclusions of the Air Force about "electronic attack," the only concrete thing that I see is the old B-52 as a standoff jammer
, that I think will not come before 2009 at best.
Air Force's improved B-52H bomber fleet may add to its effectiveness as a new standoff jammer
Congress appropriated $21.5 million in fiscal year 2005 to begin retrofitting the B-52 standoff jammer
with electronic-attack pods.
Upgrades to this EW suite introduce the interesting possibility of a standoff jammer
able to melt the opposition, or at least totally fry radar front-ends.
* The role of the standoff jammer
will increase in importance.