AlfaT8 wrote:The recent claims of electronic warfare in Syria had me thinking about how current and modernized AD-systems would work.
And although IRST's were meant as a back-up, but could it also serve as a 3rd factor for authentication with respects to short-to-medium AD-systems?
I mean we have the Search Radar then the Targeting Radar and finally the IRST.
In Soviet times, perhaps the technology for identifying target at that range wasn't doable, but now with current IRST systems such a thing should be very simple.
Or am i way off, what are your thoughts guys?
You have different search radars in the integrated air def system. Before you turn on the search radar of your air defence system, you will use long range rdars like p-18 or Nebo which are much harder detected by fighters because they need a big antenna and are very long range 300-600km. Those radar will tell you where the fighters come from so you can guess if they are bad or friends.
Then when they are in range you use the search radar of your system which will be detected by the fighters but if they are in range of missiles you don't care. They are short legs than the first one I mentioned. I think for pantsir it is something like around 50km and tracking radar at 28km. So it should be detected by passive RWR of fighters at 100km.
When you jam a radar you have no idea if it works. The radar crew if well trained can go through your jaming. They can also use other radars to track you. They can also wait turned off and use optics to find you while and p-18 far away from both of you will give your position in real time.
Moreover they don't need to identify you. If you jam the ground radars it means you are a bad guy.