The US Army is hastening its deployment of “in-development jammers as soon as possible” according to a report by C4ISRNET, posted on LinkedIn. The policy is a response to the “observable success of electronic warfare in the Russia-Ukraine war,” says the report.
“After decades of arsenal atrophy, the service is again prioritizing electronic warfare, including through its Terrestrial Layer System-Brigade combat team and -Echelons Above Brigade initiatives. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Doug Bush on Aug. 7 told reporters at the Pentagon that both TLS-BCT and -EAB are “on track, and I feel good about them. What we’re seeing in Ukraine is adding to that urgency to get those going,” says C4ISRNET.
“The TLS is a combined cyber, electronic warfare and signals intelligence system. The BCT variant is meant for smaller formations; the EAB variant is its beefier sister destined for divisions and corps. Control of the electromagnetic spectrum is critical in modern warfare, as it is used for weapons guidance, allied communication and enemy identification and suppression.
“The Army in April tapped Lockheed Martin to fit Stryker combat vehicles, made by General Dynamics, with TLS-BCT technologies and begin planning for work aboard the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, a BAE Systems product. Lockheed in June also bested a rival to continue prototype work on TLS-EAB,” according to C4ISRNET.
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