The U.S. Army has begun testing a new electronic warfare vehicle. Dubbed the EWTV, the bold new vehicle features four-by-four-wheel drive, armor plating and, most importantly, electronic warfare weaponry. Supplied by SRC, Inc., the EWTV features a variant of the Duke radar jamming device AN/VLQ-12. Using this device, the Army and its allies can protect themselves from potential threats.
So, how does the EWTV’s radar jamming device work exactly? Details of the device’s mechanics remain unknown — and rightfully so — but reports indicate that it’s able to scramble mobile signals. The general idea is that the EWTV’s radar jamming device can be deployed in areas where there’s a bomb threat. Once activated, the device will scramble over-the-air signals so that bombs can’t be detonated using a mobile device like a cellphone.
The radar jamming device AN/VLQ-12 has been available for several years now. The Army and other branches of the U.S. military have included them in a variety of vehicles, including Humvees and armored personnel carriers (APCs). However, EWTV features a modified, upgraded version of the existing AN/VLQ-12. In addition to jamming short-range mobile signals, this variant is capable of scrambling a wider range of signals and at longer distance.
According to a report by the defense website Breaking Defense, Duke, the company that manufacturers the AN/VLQ-12, demonstrated the new and improved jamming device by using it to take down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Using the EWTV’s radar jamming device, the company was able to take down a drone flying overhead.
Army Lt. Col. Scott Schumacher explained that the EWTV will likely lead to other improvements in the Army’s vehicles, and that it provides the Army with powerful new offensive and defensive abilities. “This effort will allow the ability for EW soldiers to influence future vehicle improvements and grow their knowledge,” said Army Lt. Col. Scott Schumacher, chief of the Rapid Equipping Force solutions team. “This is an advanced EW technology that can provide the Army new offensive and defensive capabilities.”
In addition to a Duke radar jamming device, the EWTV also features data-sharing technology that allows two or more EWTVs to share data in real time. For example, one EWTV may identify the relay an enemy’s location to another EWTV. The electronic warfare vehicles can also relay data to other military units, regardless of whether they contain an EWTV. Considering its radar jamming capabilities, the EWTV will likely prove to be a powerful asset of the military.