Jeannie Hilger: Northrop to Base Marines’ IED Jamming Systems on Open Architecture

Jeannie Hilger
Jeannie Hilger

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a potential five-year, $90 million contract to build electronic jamming systems for the U.S. Marine Corps to protect troops from improvised explosive devices.

The company will produce five Counter Radio-controlled IED Electronic Warfare Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operation Capable test systems, Northrop said Tuesday.

Northrop will provide the Marine Corps with its Freedom 240 dismounted system that works to help safeguard soldiers, military vehicles, watercraft and fixed structures from roadside IEDs.

Jeannie Hilger, vice president of the network communication systems business at Northrop Grumman Information Systems, said the Freedom 240 technology is based on open architecture and works to operate with third-party systems.

The Marine Corps can install a protective formation around its ground combat team and equipment by using Freedom 240, Northrop says.

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