The Cutlass series of equipment is designed for operation in very dense signal environments, the systems receive signals in the 1 to 18 GHz frequency range, measure their parameters, compare these with those in a pre-programmed radar library and display the information within 1 second.
The Electronic Warfare operator is presented with a tabular display for threat identity and threat evaluation and a tactical display giving a pictorial representation of the radio frequency environment. Selected digital outputs can be sent to other local systems and hard-copy printout of the intercepted radar is also available.
The tabular display can indicate 150 prioritised intercepts. The central processor used houses a library containing the parameters of up to 2,000 radars.
Cutlass electronic support systems are wide open in bearing and frequency (they do not employ sweep techniques) and offer near 100 percent probability of intercept.
They are modular systems and can be configured to suit installation aboard a wide range of ship classes.
Cutlass utilises an instantaneous frequency measuring receiver and a 32-element antenna array to provide bearing measurement by phase analysis techniques.
This antenna also provides a radio frequency output for instantaneous frequency measurement.
Cutlass electronic support equipment can be integrated with active radar jammers and other ships' systems, such as a tactical data system. The combination of Cutlass ESM and Scorpion ECM is called Octopus.