Cas­sid­ian pro­tects sol­diers from road­side bombs

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

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.

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