Tuesday, May 21, 2024

NG offers JCREW as defense against modern threats, including drones

In a recent X (formerly known as Twitter) post, Northrop Grumman highlighted the critical role of its Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (JCREW) technology, a groundbreaking advancement in safeguarding warfighters from remote-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

“Our JCREW counter-comms technology provides 360 degrees of protection to warfighters from remote-controlled IEDs and unmanned aerial systems,” Northrop Grumman stated, underscoring the comprehensive defense capabilities of this cutting-edge electronic warfare system.

Designed to shield soldiers on patrol, in vehicles, or in forward operating bases, the JCREW system represents a crucial element in the US military’s commitment to enhancing the safety of its personnel on the ground.


As the prime contractor for JCREW Increment 1 Block 1, Northrop Grumman employs advanced electronic warfare (EW) technologies to develop next-generation systems, particularly focusing on protecting troops from device-triggered IEDs. The company’s software-programmable jammers form a formidable line of defense, offering adaptable protection against a spectrum of threats.

The JCREW systems provide a protective barrier against enemy threats while ensuring seamless blue force communications. Spectrally aware and always operational, this counter-communications system delivers 360 degrees of protection, irrespective of the number of threats or inputs from external sources.

Photo by Derrick Bole

Speaking on the significance of JCREW, a Northrop Grumman spokesperson commented, “Our technology establishes a vital layer of defense, allowing warfighters to operate with confidence in diverse and dynamic operational environments.”

Northrop Grumman secured a full-rate production contract for JCREW in September 2017, marking a critical milestone in advancing electronic warfare capabilities for the military. The company has developed variants of the system, including dismounted, mounted, and fixed-site configurations, offering tailored protection for soldiers on foot, vehicles, and permanent structures.

If you would like to show your support for what we are doing, here's where to do it.

If you wish to report grammatical or factual errors within our news articles, you can let us know by using the online feedback form.

Executive Editor

About author:

Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.



US Navy takes step closer to future helicopter

The U.S. Navy’s Future Vertical Lift (Maritime Strike) (FVL (MS)) program has recently completed its Analysis of Alternatives (AoA), culminating in a Deputy Chief...