Working together to protect EOD operators
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams needed the capability to quickly identify potential explosive threats and detect chemical weapons to make safe and informed decisions upfront.
The remote-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs) threat landscape is constantly evolving. We worked alongside a team from the UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation to deliver a next generation system to support Explosive Ordnance Disposal for the British Army. The world-class hardware – REMIX – jams radio frequency (RF) signals to prevent RCIEDs from being detonated.
From concept to deployment
Developed by Cambridge Consultants for DE&S in partnership with the UK’s Defence Science & Technology Laboratory, REMIX can be used alongside other existing jamming capabilities to protect specialist EOD users in challenging operating conditions.
The initial research work was followed by proof of concept demonstrators using software manipulation of commercial hardware. Following the success of field trials, the DE&S Special Projects Counter Measures and Exploitation (SPCME) delivery team joined the project to develop and advance the system for deployment within the user community.
In service across varied operating conditions
Now in the field, REMIX is used on EOD operations, using a special algorithm to prevent the initiation of RCIEDs. Fitting the equipment is very user friendly, with only a few simple steps. If a fault occurs and further system information is required, REMIX can be connected to a general user interface with easy to follow relevant information.
REMIX can be used alongside other existing jamming capabilities to protect specialist EOD users in challenging operational conditions. Since achieving full operating capability in October 2019, a total of 34 systems and additional spares have been delivered to the Army and are now in service.
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