The Electronic Warfare Tactical Vehicle is by no means the solution to the Army's EW shortfalls. But there are enough vehicles with enough capability to train electronic warfare troops, test out new tactics, and, if worst comes to worst, deploy "to both Korea and Europe."
UPDATED with expert comment: This fall, Army Forces Command will get “several” armored trucks packed with radio jamming gear to test new tactics and, if necessary, deploy overseas in a crisis.
While the Army put out a press release Aug. 2, and officials answered some of my follow-up questions, they were understandably unwilling to detail the capabilities or even the exact number of the Electronic Warfare Tactical Vehicles (EWTVs). What is clear, though, is that the EWTVs are a small but significant step towards rebuilding the Army’s disbanded capability to attack enemy communications, the electronic linchpin of modern warfare.
The Army’s high-priority Rapid Equipping Force (REF) coordinates the effort with Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), Army Test & Evaluation Command (ATEC), Training & Doctrine Command (TRADOC) capability managers (who write official requirements), and multiple program offices. (The EWTV effort precedes the Army’s creation of Cross-Functional Teams to streamline acquisition, but the coordinated approach is similar). REF officials told me the lead contractor for the EW gear is SRC Inc. and the “base system” installed on the vehicle is SRC Inc.’s CREW Duke, with unspecified modifications. READ MORE...
We've had similar advances over the years, but it seems that a new one is needed every generation or so. I hope this one will begin a new Era when the Army will continue adequate Training in EW as a routine.
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