WASHINGTON, DC – In “Yoda-Like Perception,” The Asian Military Review analyzes the global electronic intelligence (ELINT) market, focusing on airborne systems supporting electronic warfare (EW) that gather communications intelligence (COMINT) and perform “direction find” (DF) on hostile radar and communications emissions.
The demand in international markets for airborne ELINT platforms appears poised to increase steadily through 2019.”—Lorraine HammerCurrent examples of electronic warfare in action support senior market analyst Lorraine Hammer’s assessment that “countries in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, appear to be prepared to spend much more on airborne ELINT platforms in the next five years than in the past,” with the UK also upgrading its systems.
In the Asia-Pacific region, India’s Air Force is currently in the market for up to nine new ELINT aircraft. It has expressed a preference for Gulfstream-IV business jet ELINT platforms, due to the comfort offered crew members during long missions, and the miniaturization, and therefore increased efficiency, of the signals processing equipment.
In the MENA region, the Israeli Air Force procured three Gulfstream G-550s for ELINT purposes in 2010, which are suspected to be carrying an electronic intelligence payload designed by Israel Aerospace Industries, likely the EL/I-3001 AISIS (Airborne Integrated Signals Intelligence System).
Meanwhile, the Royal Air Force is suspected of flying ELINT missions over Iraq in August 2014, using the Boeing RC-135W, which is “capable of collecting and analyzing radar intelligence and communications traffic, but also of altering radar emissions or inserting false and misleading communications traffic into a network to fox adversaries.” Such as ISIS.
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