U.S. Using Electronic Warfare in Libya

(Los Angeles Times) W.J. Hennigan - In the skies above Libya, the U.S. Navy has been deploying supersonic EA-18 Growler jets to "jam" Gaddafi's ground radar, giving NATO fighters and bombers free rein to strike tanks, communication depots and other strategic targets. The U.S. is spending billions to develop jammers that spew radio waves and emit other electromagnetic noise to jumble enemy electronic signals. As the defense budget is being eyed for cuts, electronic attack technology is one of the few areas - along with drones and cyber security - in which President Obama wants to boost spending.

2011-07-11 00:00:00

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