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China claims new groundbreaking and unparalleled EW weapon design.

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In a significant technological advancement, a group of Chinese scientists has recently unveiled a groundbreaking electronic warfare weapon that has the potential to redefine the landscape of future military operations, as reported by Ashish Dangwal in The EurAsian Times.

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China claims new groundbreaking and unparalled EW weapon design  Only a select few nations, including Israel with its Scorpius-SP pod, have embraced this new generation of electronic warfare technology (Picture source: IAI)

This pioneering weapon, outlined in a peer-reviewed publication in the Journal of the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, is engineered to emit multiple concentrated beams of electromagnetic waves from a single antenna, according to reports from the Hong Kong-based Chinese media outlet, SCMP. This innovation allows for the simultaneous targeting of objects in the air, water, or land, potentially disrupting their operations.

According to the report, laboratory experiments conducted with a scaled-down version of the weapon have yielded impressive results, demonstrating its capacity to operate at high power levels and emit electromagnetic waves spanning a wide frequency spectrum. Crucially, this weapon can effectively counter advanced anti-jamming tactics, including sophisticated techniques like frequency hopping, providing a significant advantage in the realm of electronic warfare.

The research team views this new technology as a pivotal development in the dynamics of warfare. Their paper envisions scenarios in which nations, particularly less technologically advanced ones, might forfeit control of the electromagnetic spectrum before losing territorial control, ultimately resulting in a loss of dominance in the air and at sea.

To navigate high-intensity confrontational environments, the researchers argue for the necessity of electronic countermeasure systems equipped with multifunctional, multi-target capabilities. This represents a departure from the conventional electronic warfare equipment currently in use, such as those deployed on fighter jets like the U.S. F-15, F-16, or Russian MiG-27 and MiG-29 fighter aircraft.

While only a select few nations, including Israel with its Scorpius-SP pod, have embraced this new generation of electronic warfare technology, it is worth noting that Israel's compact device, roughly the size of an air-to-air missile, can detect and neutralize targets in multiple directions, protecting friendly fighter jets. Additionally, Lockheed Martin has developed the Multi-Function Electronic Warfare-Air Large (MFEW-AL) airborne electronic pod payload. Described as a self-contained, versatile electronic warfare pod, it can be seamlessly integrated into various aircraft.

Meanwhile, the report highlights that Chinese scientists have employed a novel control method to enhance efficiency in countering multiple targets: they have introduced an algorithm designed to address computational challenges, potentially paving the way for the widespread global adoption of this revolutionary technology.

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