More C-RAM Work for Northrop Grumman

by: Matthew Potter
October 15, 2010

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The U.S. and its Allies faced attacks from mortars and rockets on their fixed installations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This threat has been commonplace since World War II as the Soviet Union and its allies provided “liberation” movements across the world with these cheap, simple offensive systems. Different countermeasures have been developed against this threat but the U.S. need a rapid reaction short ranged system. This led to the development of the Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) system.

This is an adaption of the Navy’s Close In Weapon System (CIWS) which uses a 20mm gatling gun and on mount radar systems to counter act anti-ship missiles. The CWIS is made by Raytheon (RTN) but C-RAM is managed by Northrop Grumman (NOC) who make the radar and fire control software. The system was developed quickly and deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan where it has been used to protect bases from indirect fire.

Northrop now continues to receive contracts to support C-RAM as it remains deployed at U.S. and Allied bases across the combat zone.

Yesterday they were awarded two. One worth $30 million is to support systems sold to Australia as part of Foreign Military Sales. The other to support U.S. systems worth about $17 million.

These contracts demonstrate once again that companies are able to make money not just on the development and production of weapon systems but also in their support once fielded. The C-RAM is an important weapon that has proved capable in protecting U.S. troops, their allies and contractors.

A video of C-RAM in action is below.

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