Marine Corps Develops Airborne IED Buster

The U.S. Marine Corps is in the final stages of integrating a pod onto the AV-8B Harrier II that will allow it to jam radio frequencies used by insurgents in Afghanistan to communicate and remotely detonate improvised explosive devices, according to a Department of Defense authorized news outlet.

The Intrepid Tiger II pod also is to be installed on F/A-18 Hornets and eventually on helicopters, Lt. Col. Robert Kudelko, electronic warfare requirements officer for Headquarters Marine Corps’ aviation branch, said in an email.

The Corps also has a modified pod that can fly on the RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle, he said. In the air, a pilot controls the pod and can cycle through different frequency settings, depending on the mission and the needs of the ground troops being supported, Kudelko said. Ground operators will also be able to control the pod, while using signal detection and analysis equipment.

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