BAE EIS Sending Its CREW to the Front Lines (updated)
BAE Systems’ Information & Electronic Warfare Systems group in Nashua, NH produces electronic IED jammers that disrupt the remote signals (often cell phones) used to set off land mines in Iraq, Afghanistan, et. al. They’re referred to as “Dismounted Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (CREW) systems” and what’s different is that they’re “dismounted,” i.e. not placed in vehicles but described as wearable.
This contracts cover urgent procurement and support of CREW systems, to be used by forces in each of the military services of the Central Command Area of Responsibility (AOR). So, just what do we know about the CREW system? A bit more, now…
The Dismounted CREW
The equipment is based on Finmeccanica subsidiary SELEX’s Guardian family, and the latest version is Guardian W, a low-power, low-band manpack that can be installed in vehicles using a quick clip-in adaptor set with appropriate shock mounts and antenna installation.
Jane’s relays SELEX’s unsurprising disclosure that these are barrage/ pre-emptive jamming devices that actively interfere with radio frequency transmissions in their coverage area. They are listed as being “compatible with coalition communications systems,” though that phrasing could mean many things.
The Navy manages the joint CREW program for Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). As part of an earlier $10.2 million contract, BAE and Finmeccanica subsidiary Selex had provided 120 Remote Control Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) countermeasures systems to the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force at Fort Belvoir, VA back in March 2006.
Dismounted CREW Contracts
Unless otherwise noted, all of the contracts below are issued by The US Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC to BAE Systems’ Information & Electronic Warfare Systems group in Nashua, NH.
July 25/07: A $6.3 million time and material, firm-fixed-price modification under previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-6353), exercising options for Field Service Representatives, Depot-Level repair services, and spares for the Dismounted Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (CREW) systems, to meet urgent Department of Defense (DoD) requirements in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Work will be performed in Christchurch, Dorset, UK (69%); and in the USA in Lansdale, PA (28%); and Nashua, NH (3%) and is expected to be complete by July 2008. This contract was competitively procured and advertised via the Internet, with 5 offers received. All contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
Sept 22/06: A $79.5 million firm-fixed-price, incentive fee contract for production and support of up to 3,874 “Dismounted Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (CREW) systems.” Work on this follow-on contract will be performed in Christchurch, Dorset, United Kingdom (69%); Lansdale, PA (28%); and Nashua, NH (3%); and is expected to be complete by October 2008. This contract was competitively procured and based upon a limited competition from 5 offerors under Unusual and Compelling urgency provisions (N00024-06-C-6353).
Additional Readings & Sources
- Jane’s (Oct 13/06) – Guardian W joins CREW ranks
- SELEX (March 24/06) – SELEX Communications and BAE Systems partner to deliver IED countermeasures to U.S. military [PDF format].