Cassidian introduces new intelligent jamming system
Cassidian has introduced a new-generation jamming system specifically designed to enhance the protection of land vehicles against radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs). The multifunctional jammer analyses the signal spectrum around a vehicle and is able to jam the radio signals intended to ignite a roadside bomb in a much more targeted manner and at an earlier stage than previously possible.
With the SMARTscout extension, the jamming device can now be used at the same time for signal intelligence, enhancing the 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.
SMARTscout allows the user to deploy numerous sensors in a crisis area to obtain information on the radio communication situation in less time, bringing enhanced protection and allowing efficient planning of further operations.
Elmar Compans, head of the Sensors & Electronic Warfare unit at Cassidian, said: ‘Lessons learnt in recent conflicts prove that the enemy often changes the type of radio transmission used for triggering signals in asymmetric scenarios. 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.’
When radio signals are detected and classified by the system, jamming signals tailored exactly to the hostile frequency band are transmitted in real-time. With a new digital receiver and signal processing technologies it is possible to achieve reaction times of well below a millisecond.
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