EW Lausanne: trends are emerging
Recently, Abaco attended the EW Europe 2018 show in Lausanne, Switzerland. This show was an important opportunity to gauge the interest in our new VP430 RFSoC product, as well as a fantastic chance to take a look at our near future and feel out the trends in the Electronic Warfare domain.
On the morning of the first day of the show, we attended a few conferences. One presentation, among others, addressed various relevant topics like COMINT, SIGINT, ELINT and jamming.
Beyond these well-known acronyms, we can expect to see a revolutionary change in the way these functionalities are deploying on the connected battlefield – especially in the area of the jamming function, as this requires a large amount of power. We got to learn about the innovative work being done using swarms of drones – each armed with COMINT and jamming capabilities. As they act locally, the jamming stage requires less energy even as it performs with greater efficiency. Therefore, tomorrow’s embedded EW systems should be much smaller and lighter. RFSoC will be part of this challenge as well. It looks as though, while big ground antennas and MALE (medium altitude, long endurance) drones will be around for a while, they will be complementary.
Over the following days, we had some fascinating conversations with well-known major companies who came to our stand. Those conversations confirmed that the VP430 is exactly the kind of product they’re looking for. The VP430 also opened the door on the rest of the Abaco DSP product portfolio, giving us the opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities and expertise in the fields of COMINT, ELINT and SIGINT.
This year at EW Lausanne, there were many significant global companies looking for what new technologies companies like us can offer them. We look forward to continuing to meet those demands.