Grintek launches Manpack Direction Finder


Grintek Ewation is launching its MRD7 Manpack Direction Finder at the Eurosatory 2012 show in Paris. The multi-role wideband direction finder operates at between 1 and 6 000 MHz.

Grintek Ewation, a Cassidian company, said that the MRD7 emitter locator has been specifically designed for man-portable and mobile applications where size and weight are critical factors. The MRD7 direction finder is a compact, cost-effective and complete solution for full-band direction finding and monitoring purposes. It can successfully be used against modern communications threats such as GSM and TETRA signals.
“An important feature of this model is its ability to concurrently monitor signals while performing direction finding. The MRD7 is specifically designed for peacekeeping and low-intensity conflict scenarios,” Grintek Ewation added.

The MRD7 was designed for mounted and dismounted deployment in several operating environments. In man on the move mode the equipment is carried on the operator’s back and operated via tablet or notebook whilst moving. In this mode the frequency band is 20 MHz to 6000 MHz. In man-portable mode the equipment is carried to an area and deployed. Full band operations are available with the addition of the HF antenna segment. And in mobile mode the MRD7 is used with a suitable antenna which may be mounted onto vehicles for mobile operations.
“We have noticed the nature of conflict changing to asymmetric warfare and in order to keep abreast of these changes, we have developed the MRD7 to meet client expectations in this environment,” said Carel van der Merwe, Chief Executive Officer of Grintek Ewation. “We foresee great interest in this equipment.”

The MRD7 has been designed to operate either in stand-alone mode, or integrated with other MRD7 equipment or even integrated with Tactical Operations Centres. This enables the user to configure a more complete Electronic Warfare solution that includes DF/monitoring and electronic attack.
“Modern asymmetric warfare demands equipment adaptable to rapid deployment troops in order to empower them for such missions. Electronic Warfare has long since been known as a ‘force multiplier’ and the new MRD7 is an example of just this,” Grintek Ewation said.
“In a combat scenario, for instance, it would be used by front-line forces to provide real-time information to the battlefield commander on threats detected on the communications bands, along with the location of these emitters. This information would be critical in assessing the enemy order of battle, as well as in directing own forces in order to gain tactical advantage.”