The explosion of a new Ukrainian-made electronic intelligence complex based on a drone platform.
On December 27, Defense Express reported that the Ukrainian PD-2 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) intelligence version had begun a test flight program.
The new Electronic Intelligence Gathering Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ELINT), dubbed Gekata, was developed by Ukrainian military electronics specialist Infozahyst LLC.
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The main element of the Gekata system is a set of 10 kg radio reconnaissance equipment mounted on the PD-2 UAV. According to the developers, the entire complex consists of a ground control station and six drones equipped with the Gekata electronic intelligence/communication intelligence suite.
As described by the company, Gekata is a UAS-based ELINT complex designed to search, detect, classify and identify signal pulses from radar stations, electronic warfare support measures, air defenses and aircraft. The complex determines the mode of operation and the reconnaissance area according to the principle of active radar, and specifies its characteristics.
Receiver operating frequency range
2-18 GHz (base configuration)
Type of recipient
Number of hardware independent channels
Single channel real-time bandwidth
Single frequency dynamic range
360 (omnidirectional antenna)
Coordinate determination method
Tracked targets up to 200
Airborne Radar Systems, Automatic Signal Processing and Radio Signal Classification
Processes up to 2.5 million pulses per second
Detection, Classification, and Real-Time Dimensional Location System (RTLS) with Low Probability of Intercept (LPI)
Short deployment time and high mobility - up to 2 hours from a 100km base;
Lower cost compared to ground ELINT complexes and airborne ELINT complexes
Extended Range Ground Reconnaissance System
Reconnaissance of new assets using onboard storage signal recording
The advantage of GEKATA is its smaller size compared to onboard ELINT and electronic support measures
Lower power consumption compared to ground reconnaissance systems
Easy management of equipment with 1 operator