by Richard Tomkins
Washington (UPI) Oct 14, 2014
The U.S. Navy has approved low-rate production for a system to combat radio-controlled improvised explosive devices.
The Navy developed electronic jamming system, with Northrop Grumman Information Systems as its prime contractor, is part of the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare, or JCREW program.
The electronic system comes in three variants: dismounted, mounted and fixed. The dismounted variant is carried in a backpack, mounted variant is attached to tactical vehicles and the fixed variant is used at static locations, such as a camp or base. All three are intended to provide a "protective bubble" around warfighters against IEDs that are detonated by radio signal.
"This is an important system for force protection and we are very pleased with its progress," said Capt. Aaron Peters, program manager for the Navy's Expeditionary Mission Program Office, which manages the JVREW program. "I look forward to the prospect of getting this robust capability into the hands of our warfighters."
Development testing and operational assessment of the system by the U.S. Navy Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force was completed in July. Low-rate production will begin next year, the Navy said.
Milestone C approval was granted by the Naval Sea Systems Command.
The latest in Military Technology for the 21st century at SpaceWar.com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.|