C-ESM and COMINT sensors Enhancing situational awareness for land-based systems

Ground C-ESM and COMINT antenna
Ground C-ESM and COMINT truck
Ground C-ESM and COMINT antenna
Ground C-ESM and COMINT shelter


The Communications Electronic Support Measures (C-ESM) and Communication Intelligence (COMINT) sensor solution is an integrated mobile system for radio reconnaissance tasks suitable for both strategic and tactical applications. The complete system is realised as a set of stations. The stations consist of air-conditioned standardised shelters that can be transported on trucks for semi-mobile usage.

One of the main benefits includes the ability to also evaluate communication signals (speech and data) in the operational theatre for reasons of situational awareness, force protection and improved mission effectiveness. The system supports the tasks of identifying both platforms located nearby and their associated potential threats, by evaluation focussed on communication signals.

The C-ESM and COMINT system comprises automatic signal detection, classification, demodulation, decoding, recording, listen-in functionality, direction finding and geo-locating of radio emitters in the High Frequency (HF) and Very/Ultra/Super High Frequency (VUSHF) frequency bands. Attended (manned) operation is also supported.

By this innovative approach, identification of platforms and related threats is significantly increased. Configuration flexibility includes switch-over of the Command and Control (C2) role to one of the ESM stations on request or if communication is lost. Tailored solutions are possible, taking into account the objectives and operational environment.