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08 May 14. L-3 TRL Technology is introducing its new Modular Counter-Measures Suite (MCS) Electronic Attack (EA) capability at the EW Europe 2014 exhibition in Edinburgh, UK taking place 13–15 May. Utilising L-3 TRL’s field-proven EA technology, MCS EA provides a multi-platform, compact and programmable system suitable for both dismounted and mounted vehicle/vessel deployments in support of Joint Fires (JF) as well as Force Protection (FP). The system offers a true dual-use capability, with flexible field firmware that enables the operator to switch from FP to EA or vice versa. EA can be conducted from a standalone MCS EA system, or as part of a networked coordinated attack – with L-3 TRL’s Integrated Electronic Warfare (IEW) capability – utilising up to 64 MCS EA units at any given time.
“Our new MCS EA capability allows for various modes of operation on different platforms. Constant Jamming, Deception and Emulation are all included in just one box,” said Richard Flitton, vice president of L-3 TRL’s Electronic Warfare business. “The MCS EA capability is highly flexible and functionally rich, providing the necessary tools to support Electromagnetic Environment (EME) tasking on expeditionary operations.”
Fully ruggedized, the low- (MLR: 20 MHz to 1 GHz) and high-band (MHR: 420 MHz to 6 GHz) variants provide 20 MHz to 6 GHz spectral coverage. MCS EA uses an FPGA-based jamming core, enabling the unit to be programmed and reprogrammed in the field for a wide variety of operational requirements and providing maximum end-user versatility. As with all BROADSHIELD® products, L-3’s MCS EA software provides an intuitive graphical user interface that allows basic or advanced jamming techniques to be programmed and transmitted using a Windows-based laptop PC to change the modulation techniques, waveforms, target frequencies and operating parameters. In addition to launching MCS EA at EW Europe, L-3 TRL is showcasing its IEW capability. The IEW system is modular, scalable and interoperable, providing a turnkey EW capability in support of challenging tactical scenarios across land, littoral and air domains. Combining the market-proven capabilities of L-3 TRL’s SMARTSCAN range of spectrum surveillance products and its award-winning BROADSHIELD® Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) systems, IEW has the ability to integrate with ‘best-of-breed’ third-party sensors to create an integrated, multi-role, multi-platform tactical EW solution. L-3 is on stand, 88,
05 May 14. For years now authorities on cyber security subject matters have been warning about the risks of cyber attacks and the implications. Many of these warnings seem to fall on deaf ears when it comes to the executive suite. What would appear to have been missing is a highly credible source estimate of the economic risk/impact of such events. That just ceased to be a problem: Last week McKinsey & Company, a premiere management consulting firm trusted by executives worldwide, released a document called ‘The Rising Strategic Risks of Cyber Attacks.’ In that document, they estimate that within the next five to seven years, as much as $21trn in global economic-value creation depends on robust cyber security. To put that number in context, a report by Bain & Company estimates that GDP will swell to $90trn by 2020. With the figures from the two highly regarded management consulting firms put together, the magnitude of the risk posed by the cyber attack threats truly becomes clear. Using those two figures you could calculate the monetary impact as a percentage of the world’s GDP. That calculation indicates that 23 percent of the global GDP is at risk of cyber attacks and therefore dependent on cyber security! Given that these numbers are sure to make their way around the executive suite fairly quickly, it would seem to indicate action will be taken. Arguably one