Chess Dynamics’ Hawkeye MMP vehicle surveillance system has demonstrated its electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) performance as part of the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency’s (NDMA) Observation Targeting and Surveillance Systems (OTAS) project.
Meeting stringent requirements set by NDMA, the system demonstrated its ability to meet modern battlefield requirements and to survive, communicate and operate in difficult electromagnetic conditions. Standard tests required by NDMA included MIL-STD461 and specifically the precise Nuclear Electro Magnetic Pulse (NEMP). More bespoke requirements were aimed at ensuring compatibility with the vehicle’s existing HF, VHF and UHF radio systems without any internal frequency interference.
Chess has developed a multi-staged approach, including board-level testing, meeting British EMC qualifications and complete vehicle system tests, as well as designing novel modular solutions to pass the NEMP testing at the first attempt. Steps were taken with NDMA so that requirements were met while ensuring environmental and usability needs were not impacted.
“The demands of the battlefield today are increasingly complex and require adaptable, high-performance solutions,” said Chris Henderson, Electronics Group Leader at Chess. “NDMA required a technology of this kind that also met its own strict EMC requirements […] This is a major achievement for Chess, and we believe this technology will be vital as resilience becomes increasingly important to surveillance capability”.
“Chess Dynamics was able to provide a solution that passed the EMC tests, proving Hawkeye MMP’s ability to perform while remaining resilient on the battlefield,” an NDMA spokesperson said.
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(Image: The Hawkeye MMP has conclusively demonstrated its EMC compatibility in stringent testing by the Norwegian government. Credit: Chess Dynamics)