Northrop Grumman [NOC] is moving into the final stages of demonstrating the development of a jammer for countering radio controlled improvised explosive devices, the company said yesterday.

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Northrop Grumman a $14.1-million contract option for to finalize the demonstration and development phase of the program before it heads into production.

The system is called the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare System of Systems, or JCREW.

JCREW is the next generation jammer to defend against IEDs to protect military vehicles and their occupants.

The Navy gave Northrop Grumman a development contract in 2009 that contained the options for the recent award.