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Northrop receives $103M counter-IED contract mod

Modification covers the U.S. Navy's system to counter radio-controlled IEDs

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
Northrop Grumman receives $103 million U.S. Navy contract modification for Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare, or JCREW, system development. U.S. Navy photo
Northrop Grumman receives $103 million U.S. Navy contract modification for Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare, or JCREW, system development. U.S. Navy photo

WASHINGTON, July 6 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $103 million U.S. Navy contract modification for the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare, or JCREW, Increment One Build One system.

The firm-fixed price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only modification covers low-rate initial production in support of the sea service's Expeditionary Warfare Program Office.

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The systems provide combat troops with protection against radio-controlled IEDs and are designed to protect dismounted troops, vehicles and structures.

This iteration of JCREW is the first generation system that develops a common open architecture across all three capabilities.

The integrated design maximizes commonality across all capabilities, reducing life cycle costs in the process.

It provides a protective bubble around troops carrying a variant in a backpack, or attached to tactical vehicles or mounted on a fixed point at a base, preventing the IED from going off within a lethal range.

JCREW is a program supporting Navy and U.S. Air Force requirements under the Naval Sea Systems Command umbrella.

Work will be performed in California, Oregon, Minnesota and Arizona, and has an expected completion date of September 2018.

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