Hensoldt Kalaetron Attack Radar Jammer: German sensor giant Hensoldt has developed a new jammer known as Kalaetron Attack that can actively jam enemy radars in an extremely wide frequency band and can also be used passively as a reconnaissance sensor. It combines artificial intelligence, digitisation, active electronically scanning array (AESA) and 3D printing technologies, Hensoldt said on Thursday.
Celia Pelaz, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of the Spectrum Dominance division at Hensoldt says it is extremely difficult to neutralize modern air defence and combat aircraft radars as they cover an extremely wide frequency bandwidth or jump between certain frequencies in a fraction of a second.
“By combining the latest technologies, we have managed to optimise the emitted power in a targeted way while controlling the electromagnetic spectrum with one receive channel,” Pelaz said in a statement.
She said it would make ‘Kalaetron Attack’ perfectly suited both as an aircraft self-protection system and in the role of an escort jammer.
Hensoldt’s New Radar Jammer
According to Hensoldt, core elements of the system are a fully-digitised, broadband sensor and effector. It also includes a fully-polarisable, electronically controllable jammer as the condensed design of the electronic components was only made possible by metallic 3D printing.
“This has made it possible to integrate the AESA jammer into a relatively small pod system that can be easily integrated into flying platforms but also scaled for sea and land applications,” said Taufkirchen based defence company.
Hensoldt said the next step in development would be to install the new jammer on an aircraft in order to confirm the laboratory results in the realistic flight tests.
Kalaetron Attack Radar Jammer
Kalaetron Attack Radar Jammer is part of Hensoldt’s all-digital Kalaetron product family, which can be deployed in various configurations on different platforms for self-protection, ESM and signal intelligence tasks.
The German defence technology company has been active in the spectrum dominance market for several decades and it has developed COMINT and ELINT sensors for NATO and partner forces and integrates them into Electronic Warfare systems for the Air Force, Army and Navy.