Sensor solution provider HENSOLDT has completed extensive ground and field tests with its “Kalaetron Attack” jamming system, confirming its effectiveness against enemy air defence radars of various types. The jamming system is part of HENSOLDT’s fully digital ‘Kalaetron’ product family, which is used in self-protection and signal reconnaissance systems in the German armed forces, among others. Measurements in various operationally relevant scenarios show that “Kalaetron Attack” can detect even the latest air defence radars and interfere with them by means of precisely directed jamming signals. The effectiveness and responsiveness of the system is also based on artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, which enable the classification of unknown threats in the field and the rapid evaluation of large amounts of data. In doing so, the many years of in-depth experience in the development of jamming approaches against radars were profitably combined with the latest approaches of the Edge AI approach.
“Control of the electromagnetic spectrum is an essential prerequisite for information superiority, and thus the success of military missions and the protection of one’s own soldiers,” says Celia Pelaz, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of the Spectrum Dominance Division at HENSOLDT. “Kalaetron Attack also makes it possible to deny the enemy the use of this spectrum – for air defence, for example.”
In addition to cognitive software elements, the core elements are a fully digitised, broadband sensor and an electronically controllable jammer. Metallic 3D printing enabled a condensed design of the electronic components so that the jammer can be easily integrated into pod formats commonly used worldwide or directly into various flying platforms. Kalaetron Attack, as an escort jammer for the Eurofighter, therefore provides the Luftwaffe with the timely capability transfer of the ECR Tornado and, at the same time, expands the capabilities of the Eurofighter by the urgently required component of electronic warfare (escort jamming) in modern operational scenarios. Due to its scalability, the system can also be used in land- or ship-based applications.
HENSOLDT is a leading company in the European defence industry with global reach. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, the company develops complete sensor solutions for defence and security applications. As a technology leader, HENSOLDT drives the development of defence electronics and optronics and is continuously expanding its portfolio based on innovative approaches to data management, robotics and cyber security. With more than 6,400 employees, HENSOLDT achieved a turnover of 1.5 billion euros in 2021. HENSOLDT is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.