C-RAM News

Northrop Grumman Awarded Major C-RAM Task Order

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a $68 million award to provide personnel for operating Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) systems at forward operating bases (FOB) supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

These are civilian contractors running combat equipment in the war zone. Certainly not the “mercenaries” that critics like to paint but more than cooks and logistics personnel, too.

Should the technical personnel running C-RAMs be trained military rather than civilians? In principle, I’m inclined to say ‘yes.’ But I wonder if that would be the best way to go about it.

I first blogged about C-RAM in 2005: R2-D2 vs. Mortar Rounds.


  1. Had a friend (coworker) of mine stationed in Balad on my last tour (Iraq). He said they had C-RAM there and it was REALLY loud, but worked like gang busters on whatever their local admirers were firing at them.

    Gosh only knows they’ve needed these for ages in the Stan. When I was working in the Kandahar area in ’06-’07, I was stationed at a small base about a mile and a half outside of Kandahar Airfield (KAF). We had two villes near us, the one to our NW was home to more than a couple Taliban. Those ******* would slide out into the desert after dark and set up make shift tripods and fire Chinese or Iranian 107mm rockets over our heads at KAF. Of course, we being the mature responsible adults we were…..would frequently go outside to watch the rockets going overhead (like they couldn’t have a fin fall off or motor failure and land short on our *****!!) and the coalition’s response. Luckily no one got hurt, though some buildings were damaged during the 8 months I was in the area.

    Anyway……KAF’s response was to fire of 81mm flares and dispatch a QRF gunship……..pretty much useless as the rockets were usually on timers or remote command launched. The Coalition used frequent night patrols in the area as well, but the Taliban were pretty good at skating around them (night vision not withstanding).

    If KAF had had C-RAM………..that would have been the shiz and greatly reduced the likelyhood of injury to any KAF personnel.

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