Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team recently fielded an electronic warfare tactical vehicle, one that will allow units and electronic warfare teams to sense and jam enemy communications.
The Army’s Rapid Equipping Force delivered the capability to the unit and conducted training in Yuma, Arizona, according to a news release.
“This effort will allow the ability for EW soldiers to influence future vehicle improvements and grow their knowledge,” Army Lt. Col. Scott Schumacher, chief of the Rapid Equipping Force solutions team, said in the release.
“This is an advanced EW technology that can provide the Army new offensive and defensive capabilities.”
The kit being tested by the 3rd Armored BCT is installed on a four-wheel drive MaxxPro Dash — a mine-resistant, ambush-protected armored vehicle.
The Army is in the process of restoring EW capability from the tactical to the strategic level.
Officials noted the revolutionary nature of this recent delivery.
“It has never been used at the brigade level, so we have to really put it through its paces and see what its capabilities and limitations are,” said Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Alexander Torres, the brigade’s electronic warfare technician.
“This is a huge benefit, because now we have it on our time instead of relying on our sister services to provide us with jamming capabilities and hoping it is available when we need it.”
Mark Pomerleau is a reporter for C4ISRNET, covering information warfare and cyberspace.