A subsidiary of the Russian Electronics Holding Company (itself a subsidiary of Rostec) has developed a ferrite fiber designed for protecting the electronics of armored vehicles, air defense missile systems and aircraft against enemy electronic warfare (EW) systems, according to the Izvestia daily.
Ferrite fiber features a low specific weight and a high flexibility and capable of fully absorbing EW emissions and absorbing the omnidirectional radiation of friendly electronic devices, on which precision-guided munitions (PGM) may home in, has been developed in Russia.
The ferrite fabric protects against 0.5-50GHz electromagnetic radiation. It reduces the electromagnetic field of the vehicle it equips down to 10-30dB (radiation reflected by the material) and 100dB (radiation that passed through the material). This allows making both static and moving objects in battle virtually invisible to PGMs homing in on the target’s thermal, infrared or electromagnetic signatures.
“Our fiber may be compared to suiting fabric or thick woolen cloth in certain products,” Kozlov said. “Its ability to absorb electromagnetic radiation is on a par with that of heavier and bulkier analogs used in radio electronics for shielding against electromagnetic weapons and preventing friendly materiel from being given away by its electromagnetic emission.”
The Russian material would reduce the effectiveness of millimeter wave guided weapons.