28 May 2015 Future's operation areas: new-generation suppression enemy air defence (SEAD) elements
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Since air vehicles took place in the theater of operations, they have become the indispensable elements and the strongest attack power of armed forces. In the following period, with technological development, supersonic aircrafts took place in the operation area and this increased effectiveness of air vehicles much more. Air forces have used these aircrafts during important missions like strategic attack and air defense operations.

On the other hand, decision makers understood that it was not feasible to intercept fighter aircrafts by executing combat air patrol flight missions. Since there is not enough reaction time to intercept the high speed aircrafts, ground stationed Surface to Air Missiles (SAM) system requirement has emerged. Therefore, SAM systems took place in the operation scene as well.

Due to the fact that SAM systems emerged against the attack power, the attack aircrafts are to keep away from the fire of the ground stationed SAM systems. Hence, the requirement of Suppression Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) arose. SEAD elements take under suppression the radar of the SAM systems. In this way, attack aircrafts are able to attack without the risk of SAM systems.

The purpose of this study is to find new methods or concepts in order to protect friendly attack aircrafts against ground based surface to air missiles’ fires.

Modernization of SAM systems and new generation SAM system producing activities have proceeded with positive acceleration. So, current SEAD elements and concepts are not able to cover the requirements due to the increased SAM system ranges. According to the concepts, SEAD weapons‘ ranges must be longer than the SAM weapons’ ranges to protect friendly aircrafts.

In this study, new concept was offered to overcome the deficiencies of current SEAD concept. The elements of new concepts were put forward. Classic SEAD concept and new generation concepts were assessed by using SWOT analysis technique.

As a result, this study has revealed that, air forces’ effectiveness can be enhanced by using new generation SEAD concepts against enemy SAM systems.
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İlker Hazinedar, "Future's operation areas: new-generation suppression enemy air defence (SEAD) elements", Proc. SPIE 9456, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security, Defense, and Law Enforcement XIV, 94561I (28 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2177170; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2177170
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