Sierra Nevada will provide counter IED jammers to be worn by individual soldiers

The U.S. Army Contracting Command has awarded a $56.5 million contract to Sierra Nevada for the production of Individual Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronics Warfare (ICREW) systems, referred to as “Baldr” systems. The Baldr system is worn by an individual soldier and provides a small zone of protection to the individual soldier in a dismounted mode of operation.

CREW systems are common in theater, but typically are mounted on armored trucks to jam radio signals that explode roadside IEDs.

“Quickly adapting existing counter IED man-portable technologies into an ICREW solution to protect our men and women in uniform was a challenge our team readily accepted,” said Paul Plemmons, corporate vice president for Sierra Nevada’s Electronic Warfare and Range Instrumentation business, in a company press release. “Our light-weight, capable and reliable counter-IED systems provide the dismounted soldier the confidence to fight in any environment.”

The contract calls for Sierra Nevada to deliver 3,900 Baldr systems. Work will be performed at the company’s Electronic Warfare and Range Instrumentation business in Folsom, Calif., and its Sparks, Nev., manufacturing facility. 

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