Allen-Vanguard introduces remote C2 for Equinox ECM
Allen-Vanguard has released a new application for its Equinox Electronic Countermeasure (ECM) system, that will provide remote command and control (C2) capabilities for the system from anywhere in the world. The company said the application represents a game changer in the way ECM can be used and maintained.
Equinox is a vehicle-based Electronic Warfare (EW) platform used to defeat Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices (RC-IEDs). It is a fully networkable, software defined, and open architecture system which provides capabilities in line with standards set by several large military development programmes. It is a hybrid multi-function system with next-generation radio frequency sensing and jamming protection.
The new server-based application will provide user with global access via a web-based interface to deployed Equinox assets worldwide. According to the company, this marks the first known real-time Machine to Machine connectivity of ECM. With the application, users will not only get full situational awareness of deployed systems but will be able to securely provision and get feedback from all their assets on the ground.
The company said that with the sensitive receiver capability inherent in Equinox, this application can provide virtual real time indication of when possible trigger signals are seen in the battlespace. This almost instantaneous cueing will allow timely deployment of other assets to thwart attacks; and providing real time diagnostics and sending updated waveforms using secure communication protocols will also benefit the logistics chain.
Dennis Morris, CEO, Allen-Vanguard, said: ‘This is a very exciting development and one that shows the true versatility of a software defined system such as Equinox’.
He added: ‘This is just the tip of the iceberg and we aim to continue our innovative product development to provide further remote functionality that will encompass our other ECM systems. This truly is the start of ‘every system a sensor’ that has long been the aspiration of large EW programmes. Using the Short Burst Data of the Iridium network in collaboration with Track24 we are able to provide a cheap COTS communications transport layer that can seamlessly be integrated onto existing platforms to provide an immediate capability.’
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