Indra revealed on 14 June it has completed development of a manpack electronic defence system enabling soldiers to gather intelligence on hostile radars.

Integrated into a backpack, the system leverages the soldier's capacity to approach the target and gather information without being detected. It incorporates the most sophisticated artificial intelligence techniques to determine the sender's position and characterise the signal.

Until now, because of its size and complexity, EW equipment has had to be installed in fixed locations or on vehicles and other platforms. Indra has reduced the size and weight of this system so as to be able to incorporate it into a backpack, easily carried by one individual.

The system scans any radar signal and analyses its characteristics to determine how best to neutralise a hostile radar. Its robust and reliable algorithms incorporate the most advanced artificial intelligence techniques to learn how to characterise radar pulses with a high degree of precision, how to operate in dense electromagnetic environments and how to identify the most effective countermeasures. The information gathered by soldiers will play a key role in hindering the efforts of enemy radars to surprise and attack friendly forces. It will also facilitate the work of countermeasure teams and help them blind or deceive enemy systems by disrupting their signal.

This manpack equipment can exchange information in real time with other units and therefore help create an electronic defence network. The data are then sent to the command centre for planning and oversight. The result is a major tactical advantage over the enemy, which is a decisive factor in operational success.


The proliferation of battlefield radar (shown is the British Mobile Artillery Monitoring Battlefield Radar – MAMBA) has led to an increasing drive towards portable, discreet EW systems capable of identifying, locating and reporting on them, such as the Indra manpack system initiative. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

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