Military proving grounds and test ranges are a key asset to a nation’s armed forces. Here, scenarios, strategy, forces and equipment are put through their paces to ensure readiness for the battlefield. Efficient and effective testing on proving grounds is the precursor to efficient and effective performance when deployed in live operations.
This testing includes verifying that weapons and communications systems can work alongside each other without electromagnetic interference, which may disrupt performance.
When evaluating and comparing the performance of different systems, it is also important to have a valid baseline for comparison, and to know whether performance differences relate to the systems themselves or to differences in the electromagnetic environment.
There is a need to manage and monitor the electromagnetic spectrum on proving grounds and test ranges to optimize spectrum allocations and resolve any interference issues. This need is further highlighted by the growth in spectrum sharing, which often requires military users to carry out spectrum deconfliction with commercial users of the same frequency bands.
Electromagnetic situational awareness in test scenarios
RFeye systems allow the electromagnetic spectrum to be monitored and managed in real time to prevent, diagnose and resolve interference. This ensures more efficient testing, more reliable detection of system issues and greater assurance that unexpected problems will not occur in live deployments.
Geolocation (including 3D TDOA/WAM and Direction Finding) allows signal sources to be precisely located and tracked in real time as a test is carried out. Fast update rates mean the results will be accurate even for high-speed aircraft.
Geolocation and analysis of signals can also be carried out on recorded data. In this way, things that may have been missed during the live test (e.g. very short duration signals) can still be captured and analyzed post-event.
Our RFeye monitoring and geolocation systems can also be used as part of a 24/7 system for keeping military test ranges secure against intrusions. Any unexpected transmissions, such as a video feed from a surveillance drone, can trigger alarm systems. 3D TDOA (Time Difference of Arrival), also known as WAM (Wide Area Multilateration), can then be used to locate any ground-based or airborne transmissions.
Additional benefits of the solution
A real-time spectrum monitoring system could also be used on proving grounds for simulating EMCON (Emissions Control)  scenarios.