C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

DSEI 2019: L3Harris TRL Technology adds CEMA capability to CORVUS

18 September 2019

UK-based L3Harris TRL Technology has further developed its CORVUS open standards platform for cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA) and revealed the latest improvements at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London from 10 to 13 September.

CORVUS is a single platform software architecture supporting a variety of individual mission solutions that can be replaced or upgraded without requiring wholesale changes to the base platform. It provides a family of capabilities with the same underlying common software architecture and framework.

CORVUS was first launched in 2018 with the body-worn personal electronic countermeasures (PECM) system, which has since been renamed the Individual CEMA Node (ICN). This provides electronic surveillance, electronic attack (EA), and force protection capabilities. Its EA capability enables it to deliver precisely targeted CEMA effects including spoofing and decoy activities.

L3Harris TRL Technology's CORVUS Configurable CEMA System (CCS) as displayed at DSEI 2019. (Giles Ebbutt)L3Harris TRL Technology's CORVUS Configurable CEMA System (CCS) as displayed at DSEI 2019. (Giles Ebbutt)

The latest development is the Configurable CEMA System (CCS), which is a portable or mounted variant that can be configured for use on a range of platforms as required by the mission. Richard Flitton, TRL managing director, told Jane’s that the CCS is a more capable and powerful device that can host a greater range of applications than the ICN. For example, it offers 200 W of power for EA that enables it “to go after a greater spectrum of signals, unlike the ICN where you’re looking for specific targets”.

Flitton said that a number of customers from the ‘Five Eyes’ community (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and Europe were evaluating the system. Some had purchased equipment for this and TRL had loaned it to others, and demand for evaluation was such that TRL was building more. Flitton said most users were still at the stage of developing the concept of employment and discovering CCS’s capabilities.

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