US bringing in EW gear and we must assume the troops to operate it.
MOSCOW, March 4. /TASS/. US Department of Defense has deployed two radio-electronic intelligence stations in the Kiev-controlled Markovo district of the Lugansk Region, the spokesman for the militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic, Igor Yashchenko, has said.
"According to our intelligence sources, the US Department of Defense representatives have placed two Trailblazer radio-electronic intelligence stations in the village of Kuryachovka, the Markovo district," the LuganskInformCenter news agency quotes him as saying.
Yashchenko believes the Ukrainian government has been using ceasefire for building up the potential of its armed forces, for which it extensively uses assistance from foreign partners. "Also, US military prepares positions and permanent sites for placing two more medium-range radio relay stations capable of identifying air targets, including supersonic ones," he added.
Target detection is accomplished using all available assets in the division, including the TSQ-114 "Trailblazer" radio intercept and direction finder. The systems was fielded in a typical Army Communications, Electronic Warfare, and Intelligence (CEWI) battalion in the late-1980�s, along with support vehicles. Throughout the 1980�s, multiple and substantial product improvements were made to the systems in an attempt to maintain pace with the rapidly changing threat environment within which the CEWI battalions must operate.
The Trailblazer AN/TSQ-138 is a mobile, groundbased electronic warfare signals intelligence (EW/SIGINT) intercept system with VHF direction finding (DF) capability. It is used as a tactical direction finding and intercept system providing support to the tactical commander. It is mounted in the shelter of a tracked vehicle which tows a trailer support unit. Authorized level of distribution is for five TRAILBLAZER systems to be assigned to each heavy division. The system is used to search for, intercept, record, identify, locate, and report on radio signals in the HF/VHF/UHF frequency ranges. Trailblazer is capable of performing netted direction finding operations with other Trailblazers and various other platforms. The system interoperates with the airborne QUICKFIX system for direction finding.
The Trailblazer Master Control Group consists of five AN/TSQ-138A Master Control Sets (MCS), and is organic to a heavy division military intelligence battalion. Each MCS is mounted on a M923A2 5-ton carrier. A Trailer Support Unit, which houses a 30 kilowatt generator is the primary power source for the MCS. The MCS and all it's electronic equipment is housed in an S-661 shelter. A quick erecting, self supporting telescopic mast for the DF antenna group, and separate antennas for HF intercept and voice link are attached to the top of the shelter. The shelter has a ballistically protected exterior to resist small arms fire. The MCS operator is capable of intercepting and monitoring signals in the HF, VHF, and UHF frequency bands. The MCS operator determines the locations of signal emitters by intercepting and analyzing signals of interest in the VHF band. DF tasking and other communications between MCSs are controlled by a secure data link.