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BAE EIS Sending Its CREW to the Front Lines (updated)

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BAE Systems’ Information & Electronic Warfare Systems group in Nashua, NH produces electronic IED jammers that disrupt the remote signals (often cell phones) used to set off land mines in Iraq, Afghanistan, et. al. They’re referred to as “Dismounted Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (CREW) systems” and what’s different is that they’re “dismounted,” i.e. not placed in vehicles but described as wearable. This contracts cover urgent procurement and support of CREW systems, to be used by forces in each of the military services of the Central Command Area of Responsibility (AOR). So, just what do we know about the CREW system? A bit more, now… The Dismounted CREW The equipment is based on Finmeccanica subsidiary SELEX’s Guardian family, and the latest version is Guardian W, a low-power, low-band manpack that can be installed in vehicles using a quick clip-in adaptor set with appropriate shock mounts and antenna installation. Jane’s relays SELEX’s unsurprising disclosure that these are barrage/ pre-emptive jamming devices that actively interfere with radio frequency transmissions in their coverage area. They are listed as being “compatible with coalition communications systems,” though that phrasing could mean many things. The Navy manages the joint CREW program for Office […]

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