Kestrel, a Lightweight, Software-Configurable Jamming System to be Exhibited at IDEX 2009

Radio controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIED) account for the largest proportion of military and civilian casualties in today’s modern asymmetric warfare environments. Combining accurate threat analysis with sophisticated technical solutions provides a genuine counter to the enemy’s RCIED threat.

Kestrel is a flexible-role lightweight jamming system designed for easy deployment. The system can be rapidly deployed and programmed for use in the force protection man-pack patrol role. It can also be utilised by explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) operators in the manual carry forward improvised explosive devices disposal (IEDD) role or in the remote carry forward role utilising a remote controlled vehicle (RCV).

The Kestrel design utilises sophisticated direct digital synthesis (DDS) technology to provide a flexible programmable power efficient solution. The Kestrel architecture allows for rapid mission programming in demanding flexible threat environments.

The Kestrel jamming system is fully integrated and includes a battery docking interface compatible with LIPS5 lithium ion battery (with an option for LIPS9 battery) to provide fully autonomous operation in excess of four hours. The Kestrel is equipped with an integral GPS antenna that can be removed for vehicle mounting applications. The integral fan provides active and effective cooling for sustained operations in high temperature operational theatres.

Other features that are included in the Kestrel:

  • Wide band output: 20MHz to 520MHz
  • Weighs less than 3kg (not including battery and antennas)
  • Integral diplexer
  • Graphical hand held controller for system interrogation
  • Membrane control panel

Enterprise Control Systems will exhibit this new product at IDEX 2009, which runs 22 to 26 February 2009 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Enterprise Control Systems will be in hall 5, at stand D01.

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