Army turns to Syracuse Research for anti-IED system

The Army has awarded a $550.5 million contract to Syracuse Research Corp. of Syracuse, N.Y., to develop, field and maintain a next-generation electronic system to protect soldiers in Iraq against remote-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs).

The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, awarded June 30 by the Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command (CECOM) Acquisition Center at Fort Monmouth, N.J., is known as CREW-2, or Counter RCIED Electronic Warfare Increment Two.

The contract will run for four years and includes production systems, training, field support, vehicle installation, maintenance and system upgrades.

Designed to meet an operational need for a field-programmable, electronic countermeasure system for roadside bombs, the contract will provide force protection against RCIED detonation ambushes, according to a release sent out by CECOM.

CREW-2, sponsored by the Joint IED Defeat Task Force, which coordinates all counter IED programs in DOD, would allow soldiers to detect remote-controlled improvised explosives in Iraq, officials said.

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