The place of Airborne Early Warning in fifth generation operations: Insights from NORAD

The place of Airborne Early Warning in fifth generation operations: Insights from NORAD

What is the place of Airborne Early Warning in fifth generation and multi-domain operations when it comes to the defence of North American airspace? That is what Mr Brian ‘Bear’ Lihani, Deputy Chief, Aerospace Warning Branch, HQ NORAD is trying to answer in this exclusive interview with Defence IQ conducted ahead of this year’s Military Radar conference.

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Download this interview to learn more about:

  • The Airborne Early Warning capabilities currently used at HQ NORAD
  • How they fit into fifth generation and multi-domain operations to meet new threats
  • The challenges NORAD faces in sustaining Airborne Early Warning capability in the future
  • NORAD’s plans for Airborne Early Warning capability in regards to airspace management

At this year’s Military Radar conference, Mr Brian ‘Bear’ Lihani will be co-leading a workshop on the future of Airborne Early Warning systems with Dr Thomas Withington Electronic Warfare, Radar and Military Communications Specialist.


Get a taste of the interview below:

Defence IQ: How do you see Airborne Early Warning capabilities fit into the 5th generation and multi-domain operations to meet new threats?

Brian ‘Bear’ Lihani: Our ability to deter threats is dependent on our ability to detect and defeat them. As our adversaries are developing new technology that challenges our deterrence posture, we must ensure we match and outpace them to ensure that any consideration of attack to North America is too great a risk for our adversaries.

Airborne Early Warning systems are an integral component of our ability to detect threats, and they too will need to be upgraded and modified to be able to detect advanced threats. These systems will play a significant part in NORAD’s integrated surveillance network as adversaries develop weapons that could be launched from much farther than current ground based radar systems can detect.

With the proliferation of stealth technology, an effective airborne early warning system will require…


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