CASSIDIAN protects military vehicles against roadside bomb attacks

  • Smart respon­sive jam­ming tech­nol­o­gy increas­es pro­tec­tion level 
  • Ful­ly soft­ware-con­fig­urable equip­ment eas­i­ly adaptable
  • Plat­form-inde­pen­dent cer­ti­fi­ca­tion accord­ing to Ger­man regulation

26 Jan­u­ary 2012 – Cas­sid­i­an, the defence and secu­ri­ty divi­sion of EADS, has devel­oped a new-gen­er­a­tion Vehi­cle Pro­tec­tion Jam­mer that sig­nif­i­cant­ly enhances the pro­tec­tion of mil­i­tary vehi­cles against attacks by Radio-Con­trolled Impro­vised Explo­sive Devices (RCIEDs). After pass­ing exten­sive field tri­als, the series pro­duc­tion ramp-up start­ed in Decem­ber 2011. 

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“Lessons learnt in recent con­flicts prove that radio-con­trolled explo­sive devices remain one of the major threats in asym­met­ric sce­nar­ios,” explained Elmar Com­pans, head of Sen­sors and Elec­tron­ic War­fare at Cas­sid­i­an. “Progress in dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy now gives us the means to counter this threat by far more effec­tive­ly than hith­er­to pos­si­ble”, he continued. 

Cassidian’s Vehi­cle Pro­tec­tion Jam­mer uses the new, ultra-fast Smart Respon­sive Jam­ming Tech­nol­o­gy to enhance the pro­tec­tion lev­el sub­stan­tial­ly. It detects and clas­si­fies radio sig­nals intend­ed to ignite a road­side bomb. Then, it responds and trans­mits in real-time jam­ming sig­nals tai­lored exact­ly to the hos­tile fre­quen­cy band. There­by, it is cap­i­tal­iz­ing on new dig­i­tal receiv­er and sig­nal pro­cess­ing tech­nolo­gies to achieve reac­tion times of well below a microsec­ond. This avoids the huge diverg­ing loss of out­put pow­er inher­ent in ear­li­er-gen­er­a­tion bar­rage jam­mers and con­cen­trates the jam­ming ener­gy on cur­rent­ly active threats only. 

The Vehi­cle Pro­tec­tion Jam­mer core equip­ment is plat­form-inde­pen­dent­ly cer­ti­fied accord­ing to Ger­man safe­ty reg­u­la­tion includ­ing the pro­tec­tion of oper­a­tors and main­te­nance per­son­nel. It can eas­i­ly be built into even small vehi­cles and there­fore is ide­al­ly suit­ed to replace vin­tage equipment. 

Cas­sid­i­an, an EADS com­pa­ny, is a world­wide leader in glob­al secu­ri­ty solu­tions and sys­tems, pro­vid­ing Lead Sys­tems Inte­gra­tion and val­ue-added prod­ucts and ser­vices to civ­il and mil­i­tary cus­tomers around the globe: air sys­tems (air­craft and unmanned aer­i­al sys­tems), land, naval and joint sys­tems, intel­li­gence and sur­veil­lance, cyber secu­ri­ty, secure com­mu­ni­ca­tions, test sys­tems, mis­siles, ser­vices and sup­port solu­tions. In 2010, Cas­sid­i­an – with around 28,000 employ­ees – achieved rev­enues of € 5.9 bil­lion. EADS is a glob­al leader in aero­space, defence and relat­ed ser­vices. In 2010, the Group – com­pris­ing the Divi­sions Air­bus, Astri­um, Cas­sid­i­an and Euro­copter – gen­er­at­ed rev­enues of € 45.8 bil­lion and employed a work­force of more than 121.000.

CASSIDIAN – Defend­ing World Security 

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