Cooperative Jamming for Secure UAV Communications with Partial Eavesdropper Information

Yupeng Li, Rongqing Zhang, Jianhua Zhang, Shijian Gao, Liuqing Yang

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The broadcast nature of air-to-ground line-of-sight (LoS) wireless channel imposes a great challenge in secure unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) communications. To address this issue, this paper investigates UAV-ground communications from the physical-layer security perspective. Specifically, the investigated scenario includes a UAV serving as the base station (BS) that transmits confidential signals to a legitimate ground user, and there are multiple eavesdroppers on the ground with unknown position information. To further enhance the secrecy performance of the UAV-ground communications, an idle UAV can be employed to serve as a friendly jammer, which can transmit jamming signals to confuse the eavesdroppers. In our proposed strategy, the flying trajectory and the transmit power for both the UAVs are jointly optimized by maximizing the worst-case secrecy rate (WCSR) of the system. Considering the intractability of the formulated non-convex problem, we further provide a block coordinate descent-based iterative optimization method. Simulations verify that our proposed algorithm can significantly improve the average WCSR in comparison with the existing works.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8755883
Pages (from-to)94593-94603
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Access
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • physical layer security
  • UAV communications
  • Worst case secrecy rate

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