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Navy Tests Radar-Absorbing Missile Defense Cloud; Adm. Robert Thomas Comments

140625-N-EF657-340The U.S. 7th Fleet and the Navy Warfare Development Command have demonstrated a defense system for blocking missiles from detecting and engaging targets using radar-absorbing clouds.

The maritime obscurant generator prototypes were tested during a multi-ship experiment in Guam to assess how it could protect naval assets under various at-sea situations, the Navy said Thursday.

“Pandarra Fog is example of the quick-turn integrated technical and tactical development the Fleet is doing to master electromagnetic maneuver warfare and assure access of joint forces,” said Adm. Robert Thomas Jr., commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet.

A shipboard device functioned to emit the cloud-suspended carbon-fiber particles intended to diffuse radar waves coming from missile seekers.

“Pandarra Fog showed the value of quickly bringing together scientific and joint forces to tackle our hardest warfighting problems,” said Antonio Siordia, U.S. 7th Fleet’s science advisor.

“This isn’t just smoke or chaff, this is high tech obscurant which can be effective against an array of missile homing systems,” added Siordia.

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