Military Embedded Systems

Threat emitter research aims to enable Multi-Domain Ops and spectrum domination


April 20, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Army photo.

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. Army researchers, as part of a national security team, are observing the evolution of new, low-cost threat emitters intended to improve the Army’s ability to represent the adversary’s equipment and actions. Threat emitters aim to provide a current, simulated battlespace environment designed to train allied warfighters to identify and defeat evolving adversaries.

According to officials, the new tools will supplement current threat emitters used for research, training, and testing at Department of Defense sites. The goal is to develop dynamic, agile systems at a lower cost while replicating known and anticipated threats in the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS).

Researchers claim that current threat emitters are expensive, some pricing as multi-million-dollar systems, but the new low-cost solutions under development at Luke Air Force Base and Fort Huachuca are intended to fill the gaps the more expensive systems do not fill right now despite costing between $15,000 and $30,000.

The team hopes to explore ways to support Multi-Domain Operations and EMS testing and includes networking and sensors experts from Arizona State University, the National Security Innovation Network, the U.S. Army Electronic Proving Ground, Intelligence Electronic Warfare Testing Directorate, and Luke Air Force Base are exploring low-cost threat emitters developed by the university for the U.S. Air Force.


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