WASHINGTON --- The Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) program recently received Milestone C approval, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced Oct. 9.
The Navy is developing the JCREW system to protect soldiers on patrol, in vehicles, or in forward operating bases from advanced radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
"This is an important system for force protection and we are very pleased with its progress," said Capt. Aaron Peters, program manager for the Expeditionary Mission Program Office. "I look forward to the prospect of getting this robust capability into the hands of our warfighters."
JCREW's three variants provide critical support to warfighters. The dismounted variant is carried via backpack, the mounted variant is attached to tactical vehicles, such as HUMVEEs and MRAPs, and the fixed variant provides protection at static locations, encompassing the area of a camp or base. The systems provide a "protective bubble" around warfighters against IED's.
The Navy designed the JCREW system using an innovative open architecture platform. This allows for rapid improvements in system performance in order to counter the constantly evolving IED threat.
Milestone C approval is an important achievement for an acquisition program, signaling the end of the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development Phase. With Milestone C approval JCREW will now proceed to the Production and Deployment Phase, starting with Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP). The system is expected to enter LRIP during fiscal year 2015.
JCREW completed development testing and an operational assessment by the U.S. Navy Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force in July 2014.
Northrop Grumman Information Systems in San Diego, California is the JCREW system's prime contractor for development. The JCREW Program is managed by the Expeditionary Mission Program Office as part of the NAVSEA's new Directorate for Acquisition and Commonality.
NAVSEA's Acquisition and Commonality Directorate (SEA 06) brings together personnel dedicated to bridging communication gaps between Government and Industry, in order to enable cost and variance reductions throughout the acquisition lifecycle. SEA 06 also provides leadership support to expeditionary missions and Navy Small Arms programs and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Community.