Dutch Army receives new Electronic Warfare vehicle based on Bushmaster 4x4
According to information published by the Dutch Ministry of Defense website on July 1, 2020, the Dutch Army has taken delivery of first Multirole Electronic Warfare Bushmaster 4x4 armored vehicle that will enter in service with the 102 Electronic Warfare Company.
The new Electronic Warfare vehicle is based on an Infantry variant of Bushmaster 4x4 armored vehicle converted to be equipped workstations able to receive and analyze radio traffic and cyber activities in combat conditions.
The Electronic Warfare team is equipped with special glasses able to see and detect cyber and electromagnetic activities. It can be easily identifiable as it has several antennas mounted on the roof of the vehicle.
Electronic warfare (EW) is any action involving the use of the electromagnetic spectrum (EM spectrum) or directed energy to control the spectrum, attack an enemy, or impede enemy assaults. The purpose of electronic warfare is to deny the opponent the advantage of and ensure friendly unimpeded access to, the EM spectrum. EW can be applied from air, sea, land, and/or space by manned and unmanned systems, and can target humans, communication, radar, or other assets (military and civilian).
The Thales Bushmaster is a highly mobile, ballistics, mine and improvised explosive device (IED) blast resistant Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV). The monocoque hull of the Bushmaster is of all-welded steel armor construction, which provides protection from both anti-vehicular and anti-personnel mines containing up to 9.5 kg of TNT, together with protection from 5.56 and 7.62 mm small arms fire.