The pioneering work done in Great Britain by highly resourceful, vulpine and profoundly bright teams in WWII led
to the creation of this country’s world-leading government establishment(s) and capabilities. Shrouded, quite rightly,
in a lot of sensitivity – it set the approach on signal acquisition, DF and decipherment - and still pioneers to this
For those that understand signals acquisition, this isn’t as easy as it is in the lab or
in films! On sea it is immensely complex… a platform that pitches and yaws, that has lots of its own ducting, resonating
and reflecting elements (such as handrails) and the sea itself causing all sorts of ducting and interesting effects vs frequency
and angle of arrival. On land the geology and flora comes into play (eg trees of certain types), and urban is an interesting
challenge in itself.. Airborne again has its set of challenges…
The crucial element is to firstly acquire
the signals and process them to get at the original signal – digging deep into the noise floor if necessary. Second
is to understand its direction of arrival in the time domain (let's not discuss FDOA), thirdly is to classify the signal
attributes, fourthly is to tag it and catalogue if it hasn’t been seen before, and fifth is to then prosecute the signal
and decode it for content whatever that might be, enciphered or otherwise. All has to be done within an ethical and legal
framework too and our systems deeply embed those controls. So too are data security and integrity a key issue for the
platform which we take care of using industry-leading technologies and assured products, techniques and approaches.
I’m often troubled when I see static systems (in country – often called strategic capabilities), being
modified for a field use – oh they are so different algorithmically at the front end. I’m not saying it can’t
be done as there are a few companies that do – but it isn’t straightforward. Our capabilities are focused at the
very hard end of tactical deployed troop – long reach signal acquisition and modular in design.
pride ourselves to integrate Electronic Warefare Capabilities in a single system design – but we recognise strategic
off-netting of the target signals and not doing all (or even some) of the analysis locally. All systems have very sophisticated
[down to chip level] self-destruct so reliance on a couple of grenades is not an option we bank on – nor removal of
disks in an ambush or compromise for destruction. These are all safely killed without harm to the system user (even if it
is on his or her back at the time).
That’s just one part of one area of what we do – it doesn’t
explain the jamming and the integration of such, it deliberately says very little about the signal types.. Given Electronic
Warfare is a moving challenge – ever-changing, ever more complex, it is crucial to keep secure the signals types and
functionality. We do not believe in online product brochures, we also don’t believe it is right to advertise the signals,
functionality, range and accuracy without very strict government controls – even if they are unclassified.
Terrorists and unfriendly nations are not inept generally and are becoming ever more sophisticated at finding the weaknesses
– so suppliers publishing what can and can’t be done is quite frankly nuts! It is a sad reality
of a COTS-centric procurement strategy that this forces companies to market more openly their developments – a
very worrying trend if partnering isn’t entered into for the government to approve and develop MOTS in key areas.
Our Company ethos is to keep all product capabilities totally discreet on the military and law enforcement side, to
highly innovate, to challenge and enhance current approaches – to solve the gaps and indeed predict the future exploitation
routes. What we won’t do is blindly send out our product information so if you want to know you're going to have
to come via UK MoD. For our commercial products we directly market these or partner as is appropriate and you can contact
us directly on those. We currently have just under 50 products of varying states of maturity all focused on revealing and
pursuing; understanding the truth of what has happened, is happening and what is going to happen.....