Military Embedded Systems

JCREW IED defense system contract won by Northrop Grumman


November 02, 2015

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

SAN DIEGO. Northrop Grumman Corp. won a $95 million contract for low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the U.S. Navy Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (JCREW) Increment 1 Block 1 (I1B1).

JCREW systems are software-programmable jammers that enable protection from device-triggered improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Northrop Grumman developed mounted, dismounted, and fixed-site variants to protect vehicles, warfighters, and permanent structures for the Navy and the U.S. Air Force.

"PJCREW I1B1 also provides new capabilities that make the system easier to maintain and update for new threats," says Jeannie Hilger, vice president and general manager, communications division at Northrop Grumman Information Systems.

NAVSEA officials notified Northrop Grumman personnel this spring that the JCREW I1B1 system had finished initial operational test and evaluation. It previously completed developmental testing, a functional configuration audit and system verification review, resulting in the Milestone C decision to proceed to production.

The contract, awarded to Northrop Grumman by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), has options which, if exercised, would bring the total value to $213 million. Work is expected to be completed by January 2017. The majority of production work will be performed in San Diego.

NAVSEA officials awarded Northrop Grumman the JCREW I1B1 development contract in December 2009 and then exercised the contract option in January 2013 to complete development of JCREW I1B1.


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