Israel’s Scorpius electronic warfare system disrupts new levels of threat

“Scorpius tips the scales of electronic warfare.”


Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled the Scorpius family of electronic warfare systems, the first EW system in the world capable of simultaneously targeting and disrupting multiple threats across frequencies and in different directions.

Scorpius is based on the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology, which provides a breakthrough in EW performance, enabling a new generation of electronic warfare capabilities.

With AESA’s multi-beam capability, Scorpius can simultaneously scan the surrounding region for targets, and deploy narrowly focused beams to interfere with multiple threats across the electromagnetic spectrum.

The system is able to target a range of threats, including aerial drones, ships, missiles, communication links, low probability of interception radars, and more.

Scorpius disrupts the operation of their electromagnetic systems, including radar and electronic sensors, navigation, and data communications.

IAI says that Scorpius’ technological breakthrough is characterized by unprecedented receiver sensitivity and transmission power far exceeding those of legacy EW systems. This allows Scorpius to detect multiple threats, of different kinds, simultaneously, from dramatically increased distances, and to address each threat with a customized response.

Scorpius-G (ground) is a ground-based EW system designed to detect and disrupt ground- and airborne threats. Scorpius-N (naval) is dedicated to defending ships against advanced threats in the marine arena. Scorpius SP is a self-protection pod for combat aircraft.

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Adi Dulberg, General Manager of the IAI’s Intelligence Division, explained Thursday that “the modern battlefield depends on the electromagnetic domain for sensing, communications, and navigation. Protecting the use of the electromagnetic domain for our forces, while denying its use by the enemy, have become mission-critical for success in combat and for ensuring the superiority of our forces in the field.

Scorpius “tips the scale of electronic warfare, providing world-first breakthrough capabilities for electronic defense and disrupting enemy systems,” he stated.

The system’s development comes amidst the backdrop of the IDF’s Momentum Plan, a multi-year program to create what some call a “sharper, more lethal” IDF.

The plan, unveiled in 2019 by Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, will digitally network the fighting units and see major investment in drones, precision-guided munitions, air defense systems and artificial intelligence.