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The ability to compare the two EWWTs
that were fielding different EW equipment was invaluable. We were able to
compare in simulated combat conditions
the capability of the DRT equipment,
VROD, VMAX (Versatile Modular Adaptive
Transmitter) and Saber Fury. All of the
systems proved capable to one degree or
another. But, in the end, we found different systems provided key advantages.
Going forward, the Saber Fury is a very
capable jamming platform but, in its current configuration, lacks the power for
survivable and successful employment.
Combining the Saber Fury with a set of
amplifiers and antennas to attack its target systems at range and with sufficient
power would go a long way to making it
fully combat ready. The DRT equipment
for ES is unmatched as a platform; it has a
greater capability than VROD/VMAX, and
the DRT View software provides a ready
mapping feature. The DRT 8210 and DRT
Pack, configured as they were, lacked the
Man Portable Unit Gen 4 (MPU4) Wave
relay. Going forward using the MPU5
Wave relay radio would enhance its ability to provide cuts and fixes. DRT also
did not field a mountable sub-100-MHz
antenna. Prior to combat fielding, this
is a gap that would need to addressed.
The VROD featured a simple graphic user
interface (GUI), which helped provide a
short learning curve. The DRT pack also
provided a similar GUI, but both lacked

The DRT receivers, like the jury-rigged installation above, proved very effective at NTC.

some of the needed capability of the full
software suite an attached laptop offers.

DRAWING CONCLUSIONS
Coming out of NTC, based on experiences so far, a current technology ideal
for a ground EWWT would consist of
three vehicles. Each vehicle would feature a Saber Fury with banded power
amplifiers and high-gain directional
antennas to provide effects up to 6
GHz, with both a mobile short extendable mast (about three meters) and a
dismounted mast extending up to 10
meters. Each vehicle would also field
a DRT 1301C or similar ruggedized ES
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tennas providing the ability to detect
and DF signals from 30 MHz to 6 GHz.
Finally, a robust communications package would be required consisting of FM
radios, MPU5 Wave relays, JCR and an
HF radio. This may not be an immediate solution, but it could be fielded in
the near term. The Army should immediately field the Saber Fury with
amplifier and high-gain directional
antennas and the VROD/VMAX to all
Brigade Combat Teams to address a significant capability gap with all nearpeer potential adversaries. a
About the Author: CW2 Patrick Derr,
US Army, is an Electronic Warfare Technician with the 1st Infantry Division,
2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team (1 ID
2 ABCT) at Fort Riley, KS. In this role,
he deployed to Kuwait as a partnership
planner, facilitating meetings, training
and activities with eight nations. He
also served as a lead planner for exercise Inferno Creek, a bi-lateral exercise
with the Sultanate of Oman that involved
over 500 people. Prior to joining his current unit, he was an EW Specialist with
the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment
stationed at Vilseck, Germany, from October 2011 until January 2015. Chief Derr
deployed as an EW Specialist to Afghanistan from 2013 through 2014 to provide
EW support to Task Force Saber in Shah
Wali Kot and Atghandab districts as the
Squadron EW NCO. He attended the Army's EW Specialist Course in 2011, transferring from MOS 13D, Field Artillery
Tactical Data Systems Specialist.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - September 2017

The View from Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Army Brigade Electronic Warfare Weapons Teams Learn New Lessons at NTC
Technology Survey: Counter-UAS Systems
EW 101
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - September 2017 - intro
JED - September 2017 - cover1
JED - September 2017 - cover2
JED - September 2017 - 3
JED - September 2017 - 4
JED - September 2017 - 5
JED - September 2017 - The View from Here
JED - September 2017 - 7
JED - September 2017 - Conferences Calendar
JED - September 2017 - 9
JED - September 2017 - Courses Calendar
JED - September 2017 - 11
JED - September 2017 - From the President
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JED - September 2017 - 14
JED - September 2017 - The Monitor
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JED - September 2017 - insert2
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JED - September 2017 - Washington Report
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JED - September 2017 - World Report
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JED - September 2017 - Army Brigade Electronic Warfare Weapons Teams Learn New Lessons at NTC
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