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PAKISTAN MUST DIVERSIFY ITS ELECTRONIC WARFARE ASSETS

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  1. Pakistani Fighter

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    PAKISTAN MUST DIVERSIFY ITS ELECTRONIC WARFARE ASSETS
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    This is the third article in Quwa’s series on the Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) modernization goals by 2030. ‘Swift Retort’ was the first – and only – large-scale air operation in South Asia in recent years, and Quwa contends that its outcome will shape much of the PAF’s asset acquisition activities in the 2020s.

    From the PAF’s viewpoint, Swift Retort validated a number of strengths, such as its ability to accurately hit targets using long-range weapons from 60-120 km away, or deploy a large number of aircraft with several support assets in one mission, among others.

    However, while Swift Retort may have shown that the PAF is capable of operating as a contemporary or modern air force, it also magnified the need to maintain the supposed edge in those areas.

    So, for example, if large scale operations can work against India, then it would make sense for the PAF to build the capacity to mount such campaigns more frequently (if not simultaneously). However, it would need a large force of modern multi-role fighters, which is why Quwa highlighted that the PAF should focus on acquiring more JF-17 Block-IIIs and JF-17Bs in part-two of this series.

    In the third article of this series, Quwa will continue this discussion, but this time with a focus on the PAF’s little known – but important – electronic warfare (EW) and electronic countermeasures (ECM) assets.

    Though the PAF lauded the role of EW/ECM in Swift Retort, it did not reveal much about what it deployed against India, except for its modified Dassault Falcon 20 EW/ECM aircraft. The PAF disclosed that it used the Falcon 20 EW/ECM aircraft to jam the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) communications.

    However, by the PAF’s own admission, its success in jamming the IAF’s communications had more to do with gaps within the IAF – notably the lack of networking/data-linking between IAF aircraft at the time.[1][2]

    The IAF is now working to solve the gap by acquiring the BNET software defined radio (SDR) from Rafael. SDRs are the basis of secure and high-speed voice and data communication between combat aircraft and other assets (i.e., tactical data links). This is an important step for the IAF, but it speaks to a bigger issue – the IAF is systematically working the gaps it knows the PAF had exploited in 2019.

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    The PAF may have only revealed a small part of its actual EW/ECM capability, but by that same logic, the IAF could be working to reactively close its gaps and proactively deprecate the PAF’s EW/ECM capabilities…

    [1] Sanjeev Verma. “IAF lacked ODL during Balakot strike, fighters jet went incommunicado.” Times of India. 15 December 2019. URL: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com...s-went-incommunicado/articleshow/72633716.cms

    [2] Alan Warnes. “Operation Swift Retort: One Year On.” Air Forces Monthly. April 2020. Page 33 ERwiadSXUAAWQDe.jpg
     
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  2. Pakistani Fighter

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    IAF did have datalinks although they were not encrypted or secure as per 2011 CAG report.
     
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    And I can tell you that PAF will match IAF again with a better solution, it perhaps is already in the works !!
     
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    I really hope so. I think we gave them an almost free of cost lesson on their weaknesses last skirmish.
     
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    Agreed bro !
     
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    The article states they were absent at the time. Not that they are not found within the IAF.
     
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    Don't forget we need to develop the capability to blind the eyes in the sky satellites. Using either energy projectiles or high energy beams/Lasers.
     
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    In modern air warfare, it is about the sensors (offense) and the EW suite (defense).JF-17 Block 3 with a capable ECM suite, will better be placed to deal with the Rafale's AESA radar and reduce the Meteor's launch distance in the process. Force structure of JF-17s supported by data links can be more effective than a disparate force not adequately supported by appropriate data links. The problem with AESA radar and when operating in LPD/LPI mode is that legacy RWR will struggle to cope with such new waveforms. It is all about sensitivity and threat ID capability within an acceptable time window as modern AESA radar has a short window between track and launch sequence. But I have very limited or say no tactical or strategic experience of war and power positioning, but it is good to know our types of equipment, how to utilize these toys during ghazwa-e-hind. Maybe some Military gems hidden in all pdf cluster, light on this subject.
     
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    Among many goodies bought by Musharraf was an electronic warfare simulator bought from Turkey.
     
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    Ok.
     
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    Free of cost how.. two jets n one heli and embrassment infront of whol international military establishment.. bring back to reality from their Bollywood pro life
     
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    Aim for winning the war. That skirmishes may end up costing us more in the future because we gave insight to our capability to the enemy at such a small price, that to me is not worth it. But we can agree to disagree.
     
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    How many Saab 2000 non-awacs variant aircrafts PAF have?
    Is it better to convert 1-2 these transport aircrafts in EW platform like integrating HAVA SOJ system on them
     
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    But we gain much more after that...we have won mind game and that mind game will creat great fear in our enemy's mind for in any misAdventure.. info can be lacked by other sources. You rule the world with fear...until next time..they have to come with something very extera ordinarily to come out of that fear...