Electronic countermeasures

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'''Electronic countermeasures''' (abbreviated '''ECM''') consist of technologies and techniques used to defeat enemy [[sensor]] systems, both in combat and in other situations. They can take the form of sensor jamming, stealth systems, decoys, and [[cloaking device]]s (which are a futuristic type of active stealth).
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[[File:ECM.gif|thumb|right|Electronic countermeasures]]'''Electronic countermeasures''' (abbreviated '''ECM''') consist of technologies and techniques used to defeat enemy [[sensor]] systems, both in combat and in other situations. They can take the form of sensor jamming, stealth systems, decoys, and [[cloaking device]]s (which are a futuristic type of active stealth).
  
 
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A source of electronic jamming doesn't conceal its own existence, but it can keep itself from being identified and potentially hide numerous other objects behind the glare of signal it produces.
 
A source of electronic jamming doesn't conceal its own existence, but it can keep itself from being identified and potentially hide numerous other objects behind the glare of signal it produces.
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One early type of jamming involved dropping sheets of metal foil, called chaff, that would blind enemy RADAR by overwhelming it with reflections. Another simple jamming technique is to create clouds of smoke to block eyesight.
  
 
==Spoofing==
 
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== In ''Star Trek'' ==
 
== In ''Star Trek'' ==
The most common ECM in ''[[Star Trek]]'' is the [[cloaking device]]. General stealth, jamming, and spoofing techniques are sometimes referenced.
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The most common ECM in ''[[Star Trek]]'' is the [[cloaking device]]. General stealth, jamming, and spoofing techniques are sometimes referenced. [[Worf]] proved adept at spoofing in TNG "Peak Performance".  Star Trek also has [[transport inhibitor]]s that can be used to disrupt [[transporter]] lock-ons, interfering with efforts to beam personnel out of an area.
  
 
== In ''Babylon 5'' ==
 
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==In ''Mass Effect''==
 
==In ''Mass Effect''==
In ''[[Mass Effect]]'', some ships have special engines and heat sinks that allow them to operate for a period of time without radiating any heat. This is effective in the setting, where infrared sensors are the primary means of detecting starships.
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In ''[[Mass Effect]]'', some ships (such as the ''[[Normandy SR-2|SSV Normandy]]'') have special engines and heat sinks that allow them to operate for a period of time without radiating any heat. This is effective in the setting, where infrared sensors are the primary means of detecting starships. The ''Normandy'' also obtained and installed a [[Reaper]] [[IFF]] system, which [[EDI]] was able to use to avoid attack by Reaper forces on multiple occasions.
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More conventional electronic warfare is referenced occasionally.
  
 
[[Category: Real Technology]]
 
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