Airbus develops new multirole jammer for military platforms

27 May 2015 (Last Updated May 27th, 2015 18:30)

Airbus Defence and Space has developed a new system that can protect military vehicles against radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs) threats.

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Airbus Defence and Space has developed a new system that can protect military vehicles against radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs) threats.

Dubbed Multirole Jammer, the system combines the highest efficiency in countering RCIEDs with comprehensive monitoring of the signal spectrum, and tactical communication jamming.

The system, which is based on latest software-defined radio technologies, is able to analyse the signal spectrum around a vehicle, and jam the radio signals intended to ignite roadside bombs in a target-efficient manner.

Airbus Defence and Space Electronics business line head Thomas Müller said: "Lessons learnt from deployments, such as Afghanistan, have made more versatile and compact devices to monitor the electromagnetic spectrum indispensable.

"Our longstanding experience in electronic warfare enables us to translate latest technologies into solutions, which offer reliable protection to the forces on the ground."

Leveraging the company's ultra-fast SMART Responsive Jamming Technology, the jammer can be used for operational signal intelligence in an extended role, thereby contributing to the generation of a comprehensive picture of the signal situation.

"Our longstanding experience in electronic warfare enables us to translate latest technologies into solutions, which offer reliable protection to the forces."

The task could earlier be accomplished only by separate systems that are limited in number and much more difficult to field.

Additionally, the system enables takeover of classic tactical jamming tasks, while supporting the developing counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems.

Driven by new digital receiver and signal processing technologies, the system achieves reaction times of well below a millisecond.

Unlike legacy systems, the jamming power in the Multirole Jammer is focused on the specific frequency of a detonation signal, rather than being distributed over the whole frequency range.

According to the company, the SMART Responsive Jamming Technology is already operational in its Vehicle Protection Jammer.


Image: Multirole Jammer analyses the signal spectrum around a vehicle, and jam the radio signals intended to ignite a roadside bomb in a target-efficient manner. Photo: Copyright Airbus Defence and Space.