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Army Trains to Use New EW Backpack System

Soldiers with the U.S. Army's Headquarters and Headquarters Company are training to use a new electronic warfare system geared to respond against enemy frequencies.

Tested in Poland, this new backpack system features three components: VROD, VMAX and Raven Claw, the service branch said Friday.

The VROD and VMAX work to scan the user's surroundings for electromagnetic signals and launch electronic attacks.

Meanwhile, the Raven Claw mobile computer serves as the system's management platform and is designed to operate without network connectivity.

"Having it [EW technology] at this level helps a local commander make more EW type decisions," said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin Donahue, a noncommissioned electronic warfare officer with the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team.

EW-trained soldiers will put their skills to the test later this year at an upcoming multinational training exercise taking place in Germany.

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