The Test and Evaluation of Electronic Warfare Systems Electronic warfare systems integrate a diverse range of sophisticated technologies and, in most applications, function in a system of systems context against threat systems whose characteristics and behaviour may be uncertain. Without the benefit of properly thought-out and executed test and evaluation activities, there is a substantial risk that these systems will fail to perform as expected, possibly with grave consequences. Consequently, test and evaluation activities should be considered an integral part of the lifecycle management of electronic warfare systems. However, many hurdles must be overcome if meaningful test and evaluation activities are to be carried out. In addition to the diverse technical challenges, there is often a host of organizational, legal and administrative issues that must be overcome.
Drawing on over three decades of experience, this presentation provides practical insights into the various aspects involved in the test and evaluation of EW equipment. Numerous examples of typical real-world problems.
Robert Inkol received the M.A.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1978 from the University of Waterloo. As a Defence Scientist with Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), he held extensive responsibilities for the technical leadership and management of electronic warfare related research projects and programs. After retiring as a Senior Scientist from DRDC, Mr. Inkol carried out technical investigations for MDA Corporation and became an Adjunct Professor at the Royal Military College. In addition to having produced numerous technical publications, Mr. Inkol holds four patents. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.