Parallel Debate on Electronic Warfare during LAAD

By Dialogo
April 22, 2015



At the same time as the PNC4S workshop took off at SOUTHCOM, military and civilians from the defense and security sector assisted a seminar on electronic warfare (EW) during the 10th LAAD Security & Defence expo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The objective of the event, which took place on April 12 at Riocentro, was to showcase the capabilities of Latin American nations in this arena, in addition to introducing new technologies in that sector.

Captain Leonardo da Silva Mello, director of the Brazilian Navy's Electronic Warfare Center, cited developing projects within the force, such as the Amphibian Brigade program conceived in a 12-phase process to renew the Marine EW system.

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB, for its Portuguese acronym) had already introduced details from "Projeto FX-2," for which they expect to acquire 36 aircraft to modernize and and upgrade the FAB's fleet. Major General José Augusto Crepaldi Affonso, president of the Coordinating Commission for the Combat Aircraft Program, discussed the details surrounding that.

Lieutenant Colonel Luciano Barbosa Magalhães, chief of the EW section within the General Air Operations Command, talked about the evolution of EW within the FAB.

"Until practically the end of the 90s, we didn't have that sort of equipment," he stated. "Electronic warfare emerged for us during a one-week period in Salvador, Bahia State, in 1986 by self-taught professionals."

Lt. Col Magalhães said that the EW Air System acts to promote research, coupled with procurement, service life, human resources, doctrine, and cooperation and analysis.

Other presenters included representatives from the Brazilian Association of Defense and Security Material Industries and from the Aeronautical Technological Institute.


At the same time as the PNC4S workshop took off at SOUTHCOM, military and civilians from the defense and security sector assisted a seminar on electronic warfare (EW) during the 10th LAAD Security & Defence expo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The objective of the event, which took place on April 12 at Riocentro, was to showcase the capabilities of Latin American nations in this arena, in addition to introducing new technologies in that sector.

Captain Leonardo da Silva Mello, director of the Brazilian Navy's Electronic Warfare Center, cited developing projects within the force, such as the Amphibian Brigade program conceived in a 12-phase process to renew the Marine EW system.

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB, for its Portuguese acronym) had already introduced details from "Projeto FX-2," for which they expect to acquire 36 aircraft to modernize and and upgrade the FAB's fleet. Major General José Augusto Crepaldi Affonso, president of the Coordinating Commission for the Combat Aircraft Program, discussed the details surrounding that.

Lieutenant Colonel Luciano Barbosa Magalhães, chief of the EW section within the General Air Operations Command, talked about the evolution of EW within the FAB.

"Until practically the end of the 90s, we didn't have that sort of equipment," he stated. "Electronic warfare emerged for us during a one-week period in Salvador, Bahia State, in 1986 by self-taught professionals."

Lt. Col Magalhães said that the EW Air System acts to promote research, coupled with procurement, service life, human resources, doctrine, and cooperation and analysis.

Other presenters included representatives from the Brazilian Association of Defense and Security Material Industries and from the Aeronautical Technological Institute.
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