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Israel Unveils Multi-Beam ‘Scorpius’ Electronic Warfare System

Defense firm Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled its “Scorpius” suite of electronic warfare (EW) systems, which the company claims is the world’s first EW system “capable of simultaneously targeting multiple threats, across frequencies and in different directions.”

Based on Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology, Scorpius presents a “breakthrough” next-generation platform able to combat a full range of threats.

These threats include missiles, communication links, drones, ships, and low probability of interception radars.

According to IAI, Scorpius’ AESA’s multi-beam capability allows the system to “simultaneously scan the entire surrounding region for targets, and deploy narrowly focused beams to interfere with multiple threats across the electromagnetic spectrum.” Scorpius can effectively disrupt radar and electronic sensors, navigation, and data communications, the company said.

The technological quantum leap is made possible by “unprecedented receiver sensitivity and transmission power,” which far exceeds that of former EW systems. This allows Scorpius “to detect multiple threats, of different kinds, simultaneously, from dramatically increased distances, and to address each threat with a customized response.”

Scorpius Family of Electronic Warfare Systems

Scorpius provides EW defensive capabilities for various domains, including the mobile, ground-based Scorpius-G to detect and disrupt ground and airborne threats. The system is ideal for rapid vehicle deployment, creating “an electronic dome of protection” above a wide geographic area, providing “Soft-kill” air defense.

The Scorpius-N naval system defends ships against “Over-the-Horizon Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles, Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles, and airborne imaging radars” at extended range through early detection and targeting.

Rendering of Israel Aerospace Industries' Scorpius-N electronic warfare system is dedicated to defending ships against advanced threats in the marine arena
Israel Aerospace Industries’ Scorpius-N electronic warfare system is dedicated to defending ships against advanced threats in the marine arena. Image: Israel Aerospace Industries

The Scorpius SJ air defense system disrupts enemy ground-based and aerial electromagnetic attacks across a large geographical area based on similar technologies.

Finally, the most recent version of the system unveiled last month, the Scorpius-T provides EW training for pilots, emulating “a variety of modern air-defense systems, simultaneously, from a single platform,” supporting training for fifth-generation aircraft.


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