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Northrop Signal Jamming Work Could Top $500M

Northrop Grumman Corp. stands to receive more than $500 million in orders for devices that jam the signals to radio-controlled roadside bombs and enemy unmanned aircraft.

The device is called JCREW, and some 97 percent of the work will be performed in San Diego.

The U.S. Navy awarded a $57.7 million contract for JCREW Increment 1 Build 1 systems to Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) on July 31.

Options, however, could swell the contract to $505.3 million.

The deal moves the JCREW electronics into full-rate production, which could ultimately run through August 2022.

JCREW devices are software-programmable signal jammers that foil IEDs, or improvised explosive devices. Troops have also used JCREW to protect themselves from unmanned aircraft.

The initials JCREW stand for joint counter radio-controlled IED electronic warfare.

Two businesses bid on the work. NAVSEA, the Naval Sea Systems Command of Washington, D.C., awarded the deal. The Pentagon described the deal as a firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost only contract.

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