Washington DC: The US Army recently conducted flight testing of an unmanned airborne electronic attack capability known as NERO, or the Networked Electronic Warfare Remotely Operated.
The NERO project has conducted engineering analysis and aircraft alterations for over two years. The recent tests proved that it is technically and tactically feasible to field an effective jammer on an unmanned aerial platform, said the army.
NERO is the combat-proven Communications Electronic Attack Surveillance and Reconnaissance, known as CEASAR, jamming capability currently deployed on a C-12 aircraft. The only difference between the two systems is that the NERO jamming pod is attached to the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial System.
The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, known as JIEDDO, funded the NERO project. The Project Manager for the Army's Unmanned Aerial System programme collaborated with Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana, Raytheon and General Atomics to design and execute proper modifications to accommodate the jammer, and to operate the Gray Eagle aircraft.
"It is clear that control and exploitation of the electromagnetic spectrum will strongly influence future conflicts," said Travis Slocumb, Vice President of Electronic Warfare Systems for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. "Programmes like NERO help equip the US Army to achieve its future electronic warfare missions."