MEWSSMobile Electronic Warfare Support System
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The MEWSS program calls for the production of 12 LAVs through FY04.
Despite the differing requirements, part of the IOT&E program was used to demonstrate interoperability between the single MEWSS prototype and the Army's GBCS-L platforms - believed to be the first time Marine Corps and Army intelligence operators have networked to gather real-time SIGINT data.
Although operational tests focused on the SIGINT portion of the program, the MEWSS PIP also includes a pre-planned product improvement that will select a new jammer for the vehicles.
A successful trial would mean a follow-on T&E of the jamming system on the MEWSS, hopefully followed by authorization to cut the EA subsystem into the MEWSS production line.
In toto, the Marines intend to procure 12 MEWSS systems - six for each of the two Marine radio battalions, the Fleet Marine Force organizations tasked with ground EW and SIGINT operations.
As an official member of the IEWCS family, the MEWSS will enjoy all the benefits of interoperability (occasioned by a common MECDL data link) on any future battlefield.
In the MEWSS the Marines will combine both intelligence-collection - i.
As the fourth musketeer in the IEWCS triad, the LAV MEWSS will be totally interoperable with the Army vehicles, communicating over the same MEDCL data link.