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AUSA 2018: US Army working to field new Electronic Warfare Tactical Vehicles

09 October 2018

The US Army is testing a new Electronic Warfare Tactical Vehicle (EWTV) platform to provide brigade combat teams with the ability to detect threats on the electromagnetic spectrum.A soldier with 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division raises the antenna on the EWTV during training in August 2018. (US Army)A soldier with 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division raises the antenna on the EWTV during training in August 2018. (US Army)

The vehicles are based on a MaxxPro Dash mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) truck, and they integrate a variant of SRC Inc's CREW Duke system, Colonel Joe Bookard, director of the US Army's Rapid Equipping Force (REF), told Jane's on 9 October at the Association of the United States Army's annual meeting, which is being held from 8 to 10 October in Washington, DC.

US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) identified a gap at the brigade level with detecting threats on the electromagnetic spectrum. FORSCOM in January 2018 sent an operational needs statement to the REF, which validated the requirements and began working on an EWTV, Col Bookard said.

The vehicle is now going through safety confirmations and soldier testing and training, he said. Those efforts over the next few months will help the army determine how to field and distribute the EWTVs.

"The new vehicle was developed to provide Army Electronic Warfare Teams with the ability to sense and jam enemy communications and networks from an operationally relevant range at the brigade combat team level," the army said in a 10 September report. "The system is highly programmable, which allows the EW team to develop a program targeting the frequencies the enemy is attacking the [brigade combat team] with."

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