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August 22, 2008: Taking a lead from the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army is developing software that networks all the air-defense radar systems in a particular combat zone, and is then able to decide which anti-aircraft weapon would be best suited to attack any hostile aircraft detected. There is some urgency to this, because soon the army will have four such radars in operation (IBCS, a THAAD, Patriot and Sentinel), and different missiles supporting each. All this will be quite complex, and the army expects it to take about six years to get a working system to the troops.

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J3       8/22/2008 6:33:08 AM
This net working may not be a good idea, at least in light of Georgian experience in its current war with Russia, which was, I have read, that Russian attempts to shut down Georgia's air defense system electronically failed because it was NOT net worked.  Each unit was seperate and autonomous, so there was no way to shut down the system with one eledctronic attack or a series of them, and shutting down one did not affect any of the others.  Given Russia's proven electronic warfare shills maybe the Army should rethink this net working.
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