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Dutch MoD developing new counter-IED capability

TESLA-M counter-IED vehicle
Photo: Dutch defense ministry

The Dutch defense ministry has contracted Germany-based technology company Rohde & Schwarz Benelux for work on a new capability that would provide better protection against improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

To be delivered by 2021, the solution is based on a commercial vehicle and jammers that will be able to neutralize the possibility of the explosive devices being activated remotely.

As announced by the defense ministry, Rohde & Schwarz will develop what is called the TESt Lane Analysis Mobile (TESLA-M) vehicle. The vehicle will be capable of employing a range of jammer configurations in a broad electromagnetic spectrum. The instruments will be fitted inside a Mercedes Sprinter van.

Once the TESLA-M is delivered, it will be further refined by the defense ministry’s counter IED defense expertise center and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).