HTZ Warfare: Managing drones and counter-drones to achieve air dominance

May 30, 2024

Recent conflicts provide evidence that battlespace dynamics are evolving. For example, in the Ukraine/Russia war, there has been a notable shift towards achieving airspace superiority. This is evident in the increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and counter-drones. Drones are proving crucial to mission success, excelling in aerial reconnaissance, precision airstrikes, and enhancing operational flexibility and efficiency. By improving situational awareness, operational effectiveness, and force protection, the military can gain a significant advantage.

HTZ oversees all aspects of interception and jamming, encompassing the planning of offensive actions, support for asset optimisation, and communications planning. Conversely, it models and analyses the impact of jamming on its networks and assets.

Catch up on some of the latest new and improved features in HTZ Warfare for managing electronic warfare in the electromagnetic spectrum.

CPRA Jamming function: Enabling GNSS receiver on UAVs to be jammed. This function also supports anti-jamming capabilities on the UAV. It allows users to plan jamming deployments to counter enemy tactics, as well ensuring uninterrupted GPS reception by estimating the enemy’s GPS jamming capacity.

Drone flight paths analysis: HTZ manages the signal received power (RSRP), signal to interference plus noise ratio (SINR) and the reference signal received quality (RSRQ) for the proposed flight path. It models the flight paths both vertically, diagonally and horizontally and supports a subscriber database. It undertakes a connectivity analysis to identify areas with and without coverage to enable the optimisation of routes and ensure continuous connectivity with the network.

Counter-drone Efficiency analysis: This feature calculates the network coverage based on various height elevations or potential flight paths of the unauthorised UAV. These coverage calculations identify areas with poor signal coverage resulting from topography and building heights which could restrict the ability to block or jam signals.

Jamming threshold: The 'jamming threshold' parameter has been introduced which denotes any received signal surpassing a given value will be classified as jamming.

Jammer Uplink coverage: Checks what can be received by the jammer while it’s jamming a virtual transmitter located anywhere on the map.

Localisation: Addition of a new mode for DF localisation accuracy maps based on location and azimuth of the DF. The accuracy is only calculated if DFs are not aligned.

On-the-move capabilities: HTZ analyses network capabilities for moving elements such as convoys in hostile terrain and identifies locations for talk-through sites. It optimises the deployment of direction finders by identifying the best sites while undertaking DF baseline coverage assessment between assets. HTZ can be integrated with the DF system to display DF hits on the planner's screen.

Drone-to-drone communications: HTZ models drone-to-drone communications where one drone uses a high-altitude platform (HAP) to extend the communication range for the drone. HTZ applies ITU-R 528 propagation model to model network coverage.

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