Charlie Hudnall, Mercury Systems
Electronic warfare (EW) technologies are normally deployed in ground, naval, and airborne platforms to maintain a strategic and tactical advantage in the modern battlefield. As the threat environment evolves, there is an increasing need to integrate sophisticated EW capability into precision-guided weapons (PGW). These platforms present the most demanding size, weight, and power (SWaP) challenges for the defense microelectronics industry today. Recent technology developments have yielded high-performance, miniaturized and ruggedized RF components and modules for these SWaP-constrained EW systems.