Force Protection Electronic Countermeasures (FP ECM)

The threat from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) has never been greater. Whilst there are many military-off-the-shelf (MOTS) and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) ECM systems available to protect against radio controlled IEDs, the technical challenge is to integrate and operate these systems in a manner which ensures optimal counter-RCIED performance while also minimising RF hazards to personnel and interference to other systems.

The Phasor team has many years’ experience integrating FP ECM systems onto military soldier and vehicle platforms for Defence. Typically the FP ECM integration is complex because it requires detailed assessment of CIED protection zones, RF radiation safety hazards to personnel, RF Interoperability and electromagnetic interference and compatibility.

The Phasor team can work with customers to assess the safety and performance of their FPECM and CIED systems, to identify any deficiencies and recommend improvements.

Phasor has developed an innovative approach to characterise the performance of FP ECM systems using sophisticated simulation and analysis techniques based on known specifications for RF transmitters, RF receivers and IED characteristics. This approach can be applied quickly to quantify the CIED protection zone over the entire frequency range, thereby identifying any deficiencies and optimising protection zones. This process can also be applied to rapidly assess potential FP ECM changes to counter emerging IED threats,
before implementing changes to platforms.