2020 agenda


A Modern Approach to Open EW Capability Development

18 Nov 2020
Track 1
In this paper BAE Systems discuss how advances in technology and open standards are address challenges in developing modern Cyber and Electromagnetic (CEMA) / Electronic Warfare (EW) capability.

We explore some of the approaches and standards we have demonstrated to be effective in addressing requirements including enabling portability of EW applications between hardware, rapid agile development, assurance, high performance, low latency and avoiding vendor lock-in.

To address these requirements BAE Systems outline how we are collaborating to reinvigorate the EW ecosystem in the UK and leverage the investment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to the benefit of the EW community. Such approaches are a shift from legacy ways of developing EW capability and we reflect on some of the challenges and misconceptions about such open approaches. We identify how recent advances have helped mitigate issues that prevented their adoption in the past and where challenges do still exist.

We conclude with recommendations on how such approaches may be applied by industry and expanded beyond the application to CEMA, Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) on which this paper focuses.
Simon Croall, Military Cyber and EW Director - BAE Systems