VIDEO – RF Spectrum Monitoring on Test Ranges and Military Installations

Military proving grounds and test ranges are a key asset to a nation’s armed forces. Here, scenarios, strategies, forces and equipment are put through their paces to ensure readiness for the battlefield. Today’s military test ranges use a multitude of electronic hardware that produce a variety of RF spectrum emissions, both on the ground and in the air. These emissions need to be monitored and managed for both safety and ongoing test analysis.

On the ground you might have radars, radar jammers, push to talk radios and communications links. In the air, aircraft can emit radar signals, voice transmissions, tactical data links amongst other RF signals. All these signals need to be monitored.

This is done with a network of high-performance RF receiver Nodes from CRFS.

So, when the node network detects an RF signal from an aircraft, not only can the frequency be identified but the signal can be geolocated in three dimensions. Continued tracking can give the aircraft’s course and speed. As well as for spectrum monitoring, this data is useful for training and EMCON monitoring.

Ground assets can also be geolocated and their emissions cross referenced against the range schedule. So, if the asset is broadcasting at the wrong frequency, at the wrong time or, operating outside of its designated area, the spectrum management team can be automatically alerted in real time.

CRFS solutions are being utilized by some of the world’s leading military proving grounds and test facilities, providing actionable intelligence from the RF spectrum.

Speak to us to see how we can help with your test range or military installation monitoring.

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