The Czech Army took the opportunity at the IDEB 2018 exhibition in Bratislava to showcase the latest iteration of its MKEB (Mobilni komplet elektronického boje) mobile electronic warfare (EW) suite.
The second-generation MKEB, known as MKEB II, was demonstrated by personnel from the 532 Electronic Warfare Battalion of the 53rd Regiment of Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare, and includes a containerised suite called the PrTA (Pracoviste Technicke Analyzy- Technical Analysis Workplace), which performs signals analysis and classification as well as EW operations.
The modular PrTA comprises of three workstations – serving a commander and two operators – built into a standard ISO 1C container with a laden weight of 14 tonnes, and is specially designed to operate as a stationary unit co-located with the command post of a force that is being supported by the unit.
It operates in the 20 MHz to 6 GHz range with a diverse range of antennas, including the Rohde & Schwarz ADD253 VHF/UHF wideband direction finding (DF) antenna, Alaris Antennas LPDA A0036 (20-3000 MHz) directional antenna and U-DIPL-A0035 (20-3600 MHz) wideband omnidirectional antenna, U-OMNI-A0098 (20-6000 MHz) active monitoring antenna, and the MONO-A0076 (1-30 MHz) HF passive monopole antenna.
A Harris Falcon III RF7800 series radio and three GPS antennas – from DAGR, Harris, and Garmin – have also been incorporated. Taken together, the various signals analysis and communications devices enable the operators to analyse and develop a threat library and formulate the appropriate responses.
Other components of the MKEB II suite include the manpack C-MOB and OS EB jammers.
The 20 kg C-MOB system is designed to counter remote-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIED) as well as stymie communications. It is equipped with three omnidirectional antennas that cover the GSM 880-960 MHz, DCS 1710-1880 MHz, UMTS 1920-2170 MHz, LTE 2500-2700 MHz spectrum.
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