class="prdate" ROMSEY, England, August 8, 2012

MoD Accepts Roke Manpack Electronic Warfare System into Service

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has accepted Roke Manor Research Ltd's (Roke) Electronic Surveillance and Countermeasures system into Service as a core capability within the British Army and Royal Marines.

Roke, a Chemring company, is providing a full support package for its Electronic Warfare (EW) Manpack product, giving UK Forces enhanced land EW capabilities to exploit and disrupt many types of communications systems.

Gavin O'Connell, Business Development Manager at Roke said: "Roke was originally selected to supply EW Manpack equipment in response to the MoD's Urgent Operational Requirement for its SEER programme in Afghanistan. The decision to deploy this system wider and make it a core capability in the British Army and Royal Marines is testament to the advantage that it has been delivering our troops.

"As the battlespace in various campaigns across the world fluxes between force-on-force, Counter Insurgency and Peace Support, so the field of operation changes quickly. Dismounted troops therefore require something that will provide rapid intelligence gathering. Project SEER delivers a highly intuitive and rapidly deployable system to monitor the constantly evolving communications terrain."

Project SEER, a customisation of commercial off-the-shelf equipment developed by Roke, is a modular and scalable EW system that provides users with rapid target identification and geolocation through the use of a dedicated Management Information System (MIS) and Geospatial Information System (GIS). The system can be configured to meet specific operational requirements as part of the MoD's ongoing commitment to enhancing ISTAR support for UK Forces.

About Roke

Roke, based in Romsey, Hampshire, is the principal electronics research and development centre of Chemring Group Plc. Founded in 1956, Roke is one of the UK's leading suppliers of innovative solutions and contract R&D, pioneering developments in electronic sensors, networks and communications technology. It employs 450 staff and has over 430 patents to its name.

About Chemring

  • Chemring is a manufacturing business with facilities in eight countries selling high technology electronics and energetic products to over eighty countries.
  • The Company has a diverse portfolio of products protecting military people and platforms against a constantly changing threat.
  • Operating in high-margin, niche markets with short product development timescales, Chemring has the agility to rapidly react to urgent customer needs.
  • Chemring adopts a balanced strategy of organic growth and small bolt-on acquisitions, and maintains balanced geographic and market profiles, with a growing presence in non-NATO countries.
  • Strong R&D investment for new products and improvements in technology continually allow Chemring to expand its addressable markets.

Source: Roke Manor Research

Russell Hardy, Roke,  +44 (0)1794-833000,

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