San Diego Business Journal

Pentagon Puts Funds Behind IED Jammer

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Northrop Grumman recently received a multimillion dollar contract modification to continue work on a system meant to foil radio-controlled improvised explosive devices. Most of the work will be done in San Diego.

The U.S. Navy exercised an option worth $14.1 million on a contract with Northrop Grumman on JCREW 3.3. The initials stand for joint counter radio-controlled improvised explosive device electronic warfare system of systems.

Northrop Grumman describes JCREW as a multifunctional electronic jammer which could be carried by troops, mounted on a vehicle or boat, or used in a fixed location to prevent radio controlled IEDs from detonating. Existing systems provide some of those capabilities, but not all three.

Some 95 percent of the work will be performed in San Diego while the balance will be done in Sierra Vista, Ariz.

The Naval Sea Systems Command awarded the contract.

— SDBJ Staff Report