Northrop Grumman wins C-RAM contract
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $124 million contract for the provision of Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) operator personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a statement issued by the company on 31 October.
According to the company, the contract will see two separate requirements fulfilled. The first is a $76 million first-year option task order for Afghanistan operations first announced in August 2010; and the second is a $48 million for increased tasking in Afghanistan and to provide personnel for C-RAM sense-and-warn operations in Iraq.
Currently deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, the C-RAM system was fielded by the US Army more than six years ago. It provides early warning of incoming fire and, according to Northrop Grumman, has been credited with saving hundreds of lives.
The C-RAM system uses sensor, command and control (C2) and visualisation tools to detect threatening objects and locate the sources of incoming fire. Once the threat is confirmed, its C2 system provides accurate warning to exposed soldiers and other personnel.
Simultaneously, the C2 system provides correlated track data to the intercept system to negate the incoming RAM threat. Additionally, the C2 system passes point of origin and point of impact information on to other systems and sensors to aid the proper response.
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