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now part of Airbus Defence and Space,
produces a number of COMINT systems.
One of its most recent, the MRD7 manpack direction finder, covers the 1 MHz6 GHz range. It monitors civilian cellular
phone networks and Terrestrial Trunk
Radio (TETRA) networks used widely by
emergency service first responders, in
addition to monitoring and performing
DF on military communications.
One of the MRD7's design features is
its ability to monitor spectrum while
simultaneously performing DF. Accord-

ing to the company, the MRD7 is specifically designed for peacekeeping and
low-intensity conflict scenarios. When
used on the move, the MRD7 can perform COMINT gathering in the 20 MHz-6
GHz range. At-the-halt, it can be used
to provide COMINT across its full frequency band with the addition of an
HF antenna. Moreover, the MRD7 can
be utilized in a vehicular configuration with the appropriate antennas installed. In all configurations, the MRD7
can perform fixed-frequency and fre-

quency-hopping COMINT. Meanwhile,
networked triangulation with other
MRD7s allows emitter geolocation with
the ability for the operator to view the
data gathered by the MRD7 on a tablet
or laptop.
According to Charles Hill, senior executive for marketing at GEW Technologies, the firm commenced work on the
MRD7 in 2013. He adds that it offers up
to 80 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth.
Hill believes that the need for manpack
COMINT systems is growing noting that,
"it is our belief that in the future, more
and more focus will be given to manpack
COMINT systems."

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As noted above, one trend that has
been observed as regards COMINT system
development for ground forces has been
the realization of a need for manpack
equipment, which can equip individual
soldiers. At present, this is providing
the capability for soldiers to perform
COMINT at-the-halt.
Looking towards the future, however, there is an emerging need to provide COMINT to soldiers on-the-move;
although, as the discussion regarding
QinetiQ's COMINT capabilities above
indicates, there are still technological
hurdles that must be overcome before
such systems can proliferate en masse.
Similarly, as unmanned ground vehicles
increasingly proliferate on the battlefield, there may well be a corresponding
desire to deploy COMINT systems that
can locate these by detecting and monitoring their communications.
Neither is the operation of COMINT
equipment being neglected. Firms such
as Plath in Germany stress the importance of simplifying systems operation
for the user. This will be a particularly important factor if COMINT is to be
placed increasingly into the hands of the
infantry soldier in the future who may
not themselves be trained as a dedicated
COMINT analyst, but whom may have a
need for COMINT information. Allied to
this is the need to network together tactical sensors to provide as full a picture
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - May 2014

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Interview
European Helicopter EW
Advanced ASE And ESM Already On Some US Helicopters
Ground-Based COMINT Solutions
Fighting the Kill Chain: Concepts and Methods of Electronic Attack
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - May 2014 - The View From Here
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JED - May 2014 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - May 2014 - Courses Calendar
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JED - May 2014 - From the President
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JED - May 2014 - The Monitor
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JED - May 2014 - Index of Advertisers
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