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US continues effort to harden UAVs against electromagnetic attack

25th March 2020 - 16:00 GMT | by Thomas Withington in Toulouse

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DARPA is bringing its Collaborative Operations in Denied Environments (CODE) initiative to a conclusion, with the programme transitioning to the USN.

CODE was one of DARPA’s leading efforts to address air operations in electromagnetically contested environments. The programme will continue under the auspices of the USN’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and is specifically aimed at UAVs and their ability to perform missions in environments where the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum may be under sustained attack.

These attacks could include the deliberate jamming of a UAV’s RF links which connect the aircraft to its ground control station. They ...

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