KWESST Phantom™ Tactical Multi-Function Electro-Magnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) System

The KWESST Phantom™ EMSO System was invented out of necessity as the military electromagnetic (EM) spectrum has become its own battlespace domain. Phantom™ is a multi-function compact, lightweight, selectively expendable EMSO system with three main functions:

  • A small unit “degraded communications” trainer designed to provide a complex, noisy EM environment for ground unit training. It can also function as a basic tactical communications jammer.
  • A real time spectrum analyzer that interfaces with operator End User Devices (EUD) to display show real time representation of current EM activity in the local tactical environment.
  • A full power emitter/transmitter that mimics the EM footprint of friendly tactical units and entities thereby presenting an adversary with a misleading, complex, and confusing picture of friendly force locations, movement, and intent. Essentially Phantom™ is an EM Decoy.

Phantom™ Features and Benefits


Integrated with Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) Battle Management Application with internal GPS

  • Intuitive operator interface
  • Path to integration with NATO command and control systems
  • Geographically based tactical information display
  • Improved accuracy and timing over solutions with external GPS

All components are mature, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) in a patented configuration

  • Reliability
  • Affordability

Operator programable over four channels simultaneous transmit RF frequencies from 30MHz to 2.7 GHz Rx and Tx

  • Ability to emulate all forms of tactical units and emitters on the battlefield
  • Tactical flexibility and adaptability as the situation evolve

Low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP)

  • Ideal for operations at tactical edge – below battalion level
  • Little logistics burden
  • No need to mount in platforms such as vehicles or aircraft
  • Enables small units with organic EMSO capability