Cassidian develops new anti-IED jammer

March 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM
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MUNICH, Germany, March 11 (UPI) -- A new jamming system to protect vehicles from radio-controlled improvised explosive devices has been developed by Cassidian of Germany.

SMARTscout, a multifunctional jammer, analyses the signal spectrum around a vehicle to jam detonator radio signals and can also be used at the same time for signal intelligence.

"Lessons learned in recent conflicts prove that the enemy often changes the type of radio transmission used for triggering signals in asymmetric scenarios," said Elmar Compans, head of the Sensors and 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."

Cassidian said SMARTscout's ultra-fast technology detects and classifies radio signals intended to ignite roadside bombs and transmits jamming signals tailored to the hostile frequency band.

"The combination of the jamming functionality with conventional radio communication intelligence in a mobile device allows more detailed information on potential threats to be obtained, which in turn significantly improves mission planning and the protection of one's own forces," Cassidian said.

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