US Navy Awards $33 Million For Spiral 3 CREW Developments

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The Network Communications Division of Northrop Grumman's Space & Mission Systems of San Diego, CA, ITT Advanced Engineering & Sciences, Annapolis Junction, Md. and Sierra Nevada Corp., ACM Systems, Sparks, Nev. were awarded $33 million contracts for the development 14 prototype models of Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (CREW) systems Spiral 3+ systems. Under the contract, the companies will produce seven Spiral 3.1 dismounted systems and seven mounted spiral 3.2 systems each. (More...)

This rapid development and demonstration program is expected to bridge the capability gap between current and future CREW systems, addressing new technologies and systems requirements to meet the evolving threat-based timeline and offer greater mission flexibility. The development of the Spiral 3 systems addresses threats evolving threats expected worldwide, beyond those currently encountered in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Navy manages the joint CREW program for Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint IED Defeat Organization. Northrop Grumman is expected to deliver the systems by June 2009.

Few days after awarding the Spiral 3.x contract, the U.S. Navy awarded another US$86.5 million procurement order to EDO Communications & Countermeasures Systems, for the delivery of 1,136 CREW 2.1 RCIED jammers to be delivered by April 2008. The current order brings the total CREW 2.1 related orders received this year by EDO to over about US$650 mllion US$ for over 6,500 units, part of a planned order of 10,000. This recent award represents the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Program Executive Office for Littoral and Mine Warfare exercising the options included in the original contract competitively awarded to EDO on April 6. That contract included options for up to 10,000 units, of which 8,736 have now been exercised. On September 7, the Department of Defense announced their intention to award an additional contract with options for up to 15,000 CVRJ units. If awarded, this would bring the potential CVRJ units to 25,000. In addition, on April 13 EDO received a contract for up to 10,000 units of its MMBJ (Mobile Multi-Band Jammer) version, of which 1,100 have been ordered to date.

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