Cassidian protects soldiers from roadside bombs
Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, has developed a new-generation jamming system that significantly enhances the protection of vehicles against radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs).
The multifunctional jammer analyses the signal spectrum around a vehicle and is thus in a position to jam the radio signals intended to ignite a roadside bomb in a much more targeted manner and at an earlier stage than was the case in the past. With the so-called SMARTscout extension, the device can now be used at the same time for signal intelligence, thus contributing to the genera- tion of a comprehensive picture of the signal situation – a task that previously could only be accomplished by relatively complex systems which are difficult to deploy and consume a lot of energy.
“Lessons learnt in recent conflicts prove that the enemy often changes the type of radio transmission used for triggering signals in asymmetric scenarios,” explains Elmar Compans, head of the Sensors & Electronic Warfare unit at Cassidian. “Continuous analysis of threats and the resulting adaptation of countermeasures are therefore indispensable. Using our SMARTscout system, both of these tasks can be done faster and with reduced effort.”
SMARTscout allows the user to deploy numerous sensors in a crisis area at low cost and to obtain information on the radio communication situation in less time. This is important to ensure both optimum protection and efficient planning of further operations.