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Electronic warfare aircraft

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Electronic-warfare aircraft

An electronic-warfare aircraft is a military aircraft equipped for electronic warfare (EW), that is, degrading the effectiveness of enemy radar and radio systems by using radar jamming and deception methods.

In 1943, British Avro Lancaster aircraft were equipped with chaff to blind enemy air defence radars. They were supplemented by specially-equipped aircraft flown by No. 100 Group RAF, which operated modified Halifaxes, Liberators and Fortresses carrying various jammers such as Carpet, Airborne Cigar, Mandrel, Jostle, and Piperack.

Examples of modern aircraft designed or modified for EW include:

  • EA-6B Prowler (US)
  • EF-111A Raven (US)
  • EC-130H Compass Call (US)
  • EA-18G Growler (US)
  • Kawasaki EC-1 (Japan)
  • Shaanxi Y-8EW (China)
  • Embraer R-99 (Brazil)
  • IAI 202B Arava (Israel)
  • Tornado ECR (Germany-Italy)
  • EF-10B Skynight (US)
  • An-12BK-PPS (Soviet Union)
  • Mi-8PP (Soviet Union)
  • An-26REP (Soviet Union)
  • Tu-16RM-2 (Soviet Union)
  • References

    Electronic-warfare aircraft Wikipedia