Selex has secured contracts from the Italian Army to supply additional electronic counter measure (ECM) equipment to protect a wide range of their vehicles against the continued threat of radio frequency initiated remotely controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs).
Under the contracts, the Finmeccanica subsidiary will supply 113 Guardian H3 vehicle systems to the Italian Army.
The new systems will bring the total number of Guardian jammers purchased to date by the customer to nearly 500.
The Guardian counters the threat of RCIEDs by providing a form of ‘electronic armour’, which blocks the radio transmission used for detonation of improvised explosive devices, such as roadside bombs.
The ECM capability package was originally designed to address the demanding size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements of a soldier on a foot patrol, but was further developed and packaged for an array of roles including vehicle and fixed site.
Fully reprogrammable by the customer, the Guardian range includes man-portable and vehicle-mounted sets, in low (W2, C2) and highpower (H2, H3) configurations, IHS Jane’s reported.
The Guardian equipment’s design is said to allow for a modular and flexible approach to address the subtle differences between the protection requirements that are needed for very important persons, explosive ordnance disposal and force protection roles, and can be rendered inoperable in an emergency.
According to the company, the Guardian family of products builds on a 30-year history of providing the UK Armed Forces with ECM capability.
Additional contract details, including the value and delivery schedule remain undisclosed.
Image: Guardian jammers protect vehicles against radio frequency initiated remotely controlled improvised explosive devices. Photo: Selex ES SpA – A Finmeccanica Company.