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Electronic Warfare Counter-IED

Safe voyage through the heart of enemy territory

Impossible? Not to Us.
Our software-defined EW systems listen, learn and defeat the radio frequency threats that matter — providing our warfighters with an extra layer of protection in hostile environments.

In 2005, radio controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs) were a major problem for troops in the Middle East. In fact, it was the leading cause of injuries and casualties. Many counter-IED (C-IED) systems existed, but performance was limited or poor, and the threat evolved in response to the C-IED systems being used. Existing systems essentially just jammed all the radio frequency signals in a band, and did so continuously.

We looked at the solution differently

With a software-defined radio — or as we like to call it, “smart” radio — we could selectively jam signals, and also collect information about the signals we heard. This allowed us to keep current with the evolving threat – something that was changing rapidly, and something that nobody else could do.

When SRC received a contract from the Army in 2005, more than 90% of IEDs were initiated with radio-controlled triggers. By 2008, after our CREW Duke system deployed to theatre, that percentage dropped to less than 15%.

The system received the U.S. Army’s “Top Ten Greatest Inventions Award” twice, once for the original design in 2005 and again for an upgraded design in 2009. The CREW Duke is an official U.S. Army Program of Record (Part Number: AN/VLQ-12) and is “pure-fleeted,” meaning it is installed on every Army combat vehicle.

Learn more about how the CREW Duke system is redefining possible®.