What is electronic support?

Electronic Support (ES) – also called Electronic Support Measures (ESM) – is the provision of military intelligence via a range of electromagnetic surveillance and collection devices, giving decision-makers timely insights to use in their electronic protection, electronic attack, or other electronic warfare systems.

This spectrum data gathering can take place in the air, at sea, and on the ground in a range of environments worldwide.

Information collected and redistributed by the Electronic Support team provides each mission with situational awareness insights that can range from detection of foreign signals to identification of adversarial and friendly forces to locations and characterization of tactical threats, and more. ES technologies and services are part of the overall Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) mission, and often also make use of Electronics Intelligence (ELINT), Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT), Technical Intelligence (TECHINT), and Multiple Intelligence (Multi-INT) capabilities.

Electronic Support technologies are constantly evolving, engineered by multi-disciplinary teams in collaboration with defense and commercial industry counterparts. Development funding is generally provided as part of national or allied defense research and development programs.

 


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