New Electronic Warfare system can target multiple threats simultaneously

Scorpius-G is a ground-based EW system.
Scorpius-G is a ground-based EW system. Credit: Israel Aerospace Industries

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled the Scorpius family of Electronic Warfare (EW) systems, designed to provide protection against a wide range of threats on land and at sea. Scorpius is the world’s first electronic warfare (EW) system capable of simultaneously targeting multiple threats across frequencies and in different directions.

The latest iterations of Scorpius are based on the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology, which can simultaneously scan the entire surrounding region for targets and deploy narrowly focused beams to interfere with multiple threats across the electromagnetic spectrum.

The system works the same way as the other electronic warfare systems work but do not need to typically focus on a target to counter it. IAS has claimed that it has achieved that by developing unprecedented receiver sensitivity and transmission power (ERP), far exceeding those of legacy EW systems. This allows the system to detect multiple threats of different kinds simultaneously, from dramatically increased distances, and to address each threat with a customized response.

Scorpius-N is an EW system dedicated to defending ships against advanced threats in the marine arena.
Scorpius-N is an EW system dedicated to defending ships against advanced threats in the marine arena. Credit: Israel Aerospace Industries

The Scorpius EW system is able to target a range of threats, including UAVs, ships, missiles, communication links, low probability of interception (LPOI) radars, and more. It effectively disrupts the operation of their electromagnetic systems, including radar and electronic sensors, navigation, and data communication.

The Scorpius EW system is available in different formats. The Scorpius-G is a ground-based EW system designed to detect and disrupt ground- and airborne threats. It is a mobile system that can be quickly deployed by vehicle and create an electronic dome of protection above a wide geographic sector to neutralize a broad range of modern threats.

The naval-based version called Scorpius-N is dedicated to defending ships against advanced threats in the marine arena, including Over-the-Horizon Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles, Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAV), and airborne imaging radars.

The Scorpius SJ, a standoff jammer that disrupts enemy aerial and ground-based electromagnetic operations.
The Scorpius SJ, a standoff jammer that disrupts enemy aerial and ground-based electromagnetic operations. Credit: Israel Aerospace Industries

IAI also offers a self-protection pod for combat aircraft and a standoff jammer that disrupts enemy aerial and ground-based electromagnetic operations across a vast sector. Besides, the training version of the system can emulate a variety of modern air-defense systems simultaneously from a single platform.

“The modern battlefield depends on the electromagnetic domain for sensing, communications, and navigation,” said Adi Dulberg, General Manager, Intelligence Division, IAI. “Protecting the use of the electromagnetic domain for our forces, while denying its use by the enemy, have become mission-critical for success in combat and for ensuring the superiority of our forces in the field. The new technology, developed by IAI’s talented engineers, tips the scale of electronic warfare, providing world-first breakthrough capabilities for electronic defense and disrupting enemy systems”.