Army Times is reporting that the US Army is offering a $10,000 reward for any information as to the whereabouts of two SUVs equipped with classified technology used to jam roadside bombs that were stolen from under the noses of soldiers at a military base in Kabul.
The vehicles — black armoured Toyota Land Cruisers outfitted with CREW Duke electronic jamming systems and valued at $344,000 — disappeared from Camp Eggers in Kabul in January, according to a notice on the Army Criminal Investigation Command’s website.
Neither the US Army nor ISAF would comment on the affair. It appears that the two key fobs belonging to the vehicles were stolen from the supply room of the 26th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Base Support Group, on 7 January and that both vehicles were stolen within days.
The brigade, which has now returned to the USA, was responsible for base operations for 11 bases and 3,000 troops in Kabul, providing quick reaction forces for the capital, advising Afghan police and protecting personnel travelling between US and NATO installations.
Performance specifications for the CREW systems are classified “secret” but it is known that CREW Duke systems use state-of-the-art jamming technology to block radio signals used to set off roadside bombs. CREW is an acronym for Counter Radio-controlled Electronic Warfare.
You would have thought that for the money these vehicles cost, someone would have thought about installing a tracking device.