The Difference Between 4th and 5th Gen EW

Intercepts (Defense News blog) // October 13, 2014

The Association of Old Crows (AoC) annual conference in Washington is the arguably the largest gathering of electronic warfare experts in the world. For three days, the basement of the Marriott Wardman Park in Northwest DC becomes the center of the EW-community, a mecca of sorts for those who gets down with wavelengths, sensors and receivers.

Unsurprisingly, experts from the Pentagon are well represented, both on the show floor and in the conference halls. Among those speaking Oct. 8 was Air Force Lt. Col. Gene “Joker” McFalls, F-35 Enterprise Lead with the 53rd Electronic Warfare Group.

McFalls was speaking as part of an Air Force panel on electronic warfare, but specifically was there to talk about the difference between 4th-gen fighters — legacy systems such as the F-15 or F-16 — and 5th gen fighters, such as the F-22 and McFalls’ focus, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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