Northrop Grumman has secured a contract from the US Navy for low-rate initial production of the joint counter radio-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED) electronic warfare (JCREW) Increment 1 Block 1 (I1B1).

Awarded by the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the $95m contract also includes options that, if exercised, would bring the total value of the contract to $213m.

JCREW systems are software-programmable jammers that are designed to deliver protection from device-triggered improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

"Now developed and validated, we couldn’t be more elated and gratified JCREW will be deployed next year."

Northrop Grumman Information Systems communications division vice-president and general manager Jeannie Hilger said: "Prevailing where other companies in the industry faltered, our JCREW team proved this crucial capability, so urgently needed in the field to protect our warfighters against current and emerging threats, could be achieved.

"Now developed and validated, we couldn’t be more elated and gratified JCREW will be deployed next year."

Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed by January 2017, and the majority of production work will be carried out in San Diego, US.

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The JCREW system has been developed using a modular, open architecture platform, which permits rapid improvements in system performance to counter the frequently evolving IED threat.

According to Northrop Grumman, the company developed mounted, dismounted and fixed-site variants in order to protect vehicles, warfighters, and permanent structures for the US Navy and Air Force.

Within these, the dismounted variant can be carried using a backpack, and the mounted variant can be attached to tactical vehicles, such as the Humvee and the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle.

The fixed variant will deliver protection at static locations, such as buildings, entry control points or forward operating bases.