Heat-seeking missiles are a serious threat to aircraft, and infrared decoys are used as a means of increasing their survivability. There are various formats of these decoys available that can be fitted to a wide variety of dispensers. They are effective in defeating the threat posed by heat-seeking weapons, and they have been in use for many years now with many armed forces around the world. RF countermeasure chaff cartridges are used to against radar guided missiles. The design and manufacture of passive RF expendable countermeasure products and payloads, the latter being readily tailored to meet the latest RF threats.
Advanced countermeasure solutions are designed to protect aircraft against heat-seeking surface-to-air missiles. These systems integrate advanced fiber laser technology together with a high frame rate thermal camera and a small, highly dynamic mirror turret. This cutting-edge combination delivers effective, reliable and affordable protection for aircraft in all operational conditions, and to all types of aircraft.
Electronic Counter Measure is the active part of EW and is intended to disrupt the surveillance systems of the enemy, whether by jamming, or by the use of decoys, both of which are effective when used properly. Many modern ECM equipment, particularly in the naval scenario, employ both methods in an integrated system. Noise jamming is the use of transmissions to disrupt the enemy’s communications channels or to saturate his radar to obscure its target. Although this denies the enemy his information channels it also means that the jamming source cannot read the signals for intelligence purposes. Apart from this, modern frequency-agile communication systems are no longer easy to jam effectively.
Major factors driving the growth of the market
Airborne Countermeasure System market growth is increasing owing to the increasing territorial disputes between countries. Government, defense industries and military forces are introducing countermeasures in aircrafts, which will help them during any war situation. Procurement of newer aircrafts and helicopters is also estimated to drive the growth of the market.
One of the major drivers in the coming years will be integration of airborne countermeasure in UCAV. The increasing proliferation of UCAVs will increase the demand for airborne countermeasure systems. UCAV aircrafts continue to replace manned aerial platforms.
Trends influencing the growth of the market
The complexity and quantity of electrical components are growing as a result of the switch to phased-array antennas and cognitive EW capability. Since space, cooling, and power are limited in more recent technology, modern AESA manufacturers are focusing on using GaN solid-state power amplifiers. The more recent GaN technology satisfies the demanding long lifespan, high performance, and performance requirements of phased array systems. In addition, compared to gallium-arsenide (GaA) devices, gaN technology offers a power density and bandwidth capacity that are many times higher. The AESA is substantially more flexible thanks to the employment of these numerous, small GaN amplifiers. It also aids in shrinking the radar system’s size. Hence miniaturization will play a critical role in influencing the growth of the market.
Gallium nitride (GaN), a substance with a very high heat capacity and conductivity, is the perfect substance for semiconductors. The need for separate coolant tanks for these components of a phased radar has been eliminated thanks to more recent Gallium nitride semiconductors, which convert 99 percent of the energy they receive and bleed significantly less energy. Radars, electronic warfare, and communication links are just a few of the applications that make extensive use of amplifiers based on GaN technology. The Transmitter-Receivers Modules (TRM) used in the second generation of active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars are based on GaN, which not only enhances scanning performance but also outperforms phased array radars based on travelling wave tube amplifiers in terms of range and peak output power.
The increase in defense spending will encourage procurement of aircrafts and related systems to step up their production volumes and improve their quality, thereby enhancing competition in the global markets. Procurement will also be driven by prevailing geo political conditions in Europe and the Asia Pacific.
In order to update the electronic warfare system on two U.S. Air Force F-15E fighters, Boeing has begun installing a digital avionics system made by BAE Systems. Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability System, which replaces the fleet’s present analogue technology-based EW self-protection suite, will be installed on a total of 43 aircraft units with the assistance of the two firms, according to a statement released by Boeing on Thursday. On December 14, 2020, USAF awarded the aircraft builder a $79.6 million sole-source contract to support EPAWSS low-rate initial production. On December 31, 2020, USAF issued a $189.3 million amendment to broaden the scope of work.