The Army’s Rapid Equipping Force this month will complete testing of tactical vehicles equipped with electronic warfare offensive and defensive capabilities for delivery to soldiers this fall.
The REF and its partners developed the new vehicles, composed of an EW system mounted on the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle “in response to an operational requirement to sense and jam enemy communications and networks,” the service announced Aug. 2.
The Army chose to give Forces Command soldiers at Ft. Bragg, NC, this “EW tool for contingency operations” due to the location’s “close proximity to training areas, operational alignment for deployment to both Korea and Europe, and the ease of platform integration,” according to the service.
The EW equipment is based on SRC Inc’s Counter Remote-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Duke, or CREW Duke, system, currently used on Army vehicles to protect against improvised explosive devices.
A contractor in support of the REF said in an Aug. 13 email the service is delivering “several” vehicles to FORSCOM this fall and does not have any future deliveries planned.