SEAD in an operational context - international experiences


  • Ternblad Sten

Publish date: 2004-01-01

Report number: FOI-R--1186--SE

Pages: 66

Written in: Swedish


SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defence) embrace activities that reduce the threat from ground based air defense, primarily surface to air missiles, but also radar directed anti air artillery (AAA). The mission that comes to mind is when airborne umits armed with antiradiation missiles (ARM) engage enemy air-defense radars supporting SAM-batteries, sometimes called Wild Weasel. However, a lot more is included the suppression of the ground based air defense. The first part of this report describes different components that are included in SEAD; weapons, airborne platforms, jamming and intelligence. The next part examines how military powers in the western hemisphere employed SEAD in four different major military operations during the 1990´s. The focus is on employed military systems, the extent of usage and to a certain amount the effects. The emphasis of the report is what could be described as "best practice", i.e. how SEAD actually was applied in the operations, rather then an evaluation of the results from the specific SEAD-missions, such a number of destroyed SAM-units.