5G Electronic Warfare

5G wireless networks offer many advantages to the previous generations of cellular coverage. Full Standalone 5G coverage will provide increased bandwidth and network capabilities with many use cases in the public and private sectors.

Background

In our technology roadmap, we are looking to add tactical capabilities to future device designs to continue to support the Army and DoD. In parallel with our player unit development, we have begun investigating how we can bring EW capability into our future units.

We are currently prototyping with Software Defined Radio’s (SDR) and GNU radio to fast prototype radio systems to create a proof of concept jamming system leveraging SDRs. Utilizing these two items, we have successfully jammed a commercial 5G smartphone to help us understand Electronic Warfare.

Additionally, Athena-Tek has created an open-source 4G private network that we use as the testbed for our EW testing and demonstrations. Our idea is to leverage the jamming and private network capability to ultimately create a full-scale EW testbed that can be used by the Army for Electronic Warfare Training for the warfighter.

The US Army and DoD are interested in Electronic Warfare in a 5G environment. With the rollout of 5G networks, potential vulnerabilities and security concerns need to be addressed.

Athena-Tek leverages an open-source private network to test how ARES II operates in an Electronic Warfare environment. We are able to demonstrate ARES II being jammed by an SDR on our private network. Once jammed, ARES II collects the network KPI’s from the 5G modem which is then used for analysis. This analysis is used to engineer the next-generation ARES II for Army Testing, Training, and Tactical use cases.

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