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C-RAM in Action

C-RAM in Action

U.S. Army Awards Northrop Grumman Major C-RAM Systems Integration Delivery Order

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a $58 million delivery order to install additional systems and continue maintenance of existing installations for the Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortars (C-RAM) system at forward-operating bases in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Under this delivery order, announced October 9, Northrop Grumman will provide systems engineering, production, deployment and logistics support for the C-RAM system. The delivery order was awarded by the Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Program management and technical direction will come from the Director, Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar Program office, in the Army’s Program Executive Office, Command Control and Communications Tactical.

I’m not sure that I’ve ever heard anything negative about this system. I first posted on it in 2005: R2-D2 vs. Mortar Rounds. And here’s more info on the Block 1B Phalanx.


  1. I saw something like this by I believe, Oshkosh, in the AUSA convention a year back. Interesting concept.

  2. “I first posted on it in 2005” Geez i remember reading that post. I cant believe its been four years.

  3. One negative thing about it: the surface danger area.

    If you have a base with civilians areas around it, you can’t use the thing.

  4. I’m not sure that I’ve ever heard anything negative about this system.

    If you stand in front of it while it’s shooting down a rocket, it totally kills you. That’s somewhat of a negative.

  5. Kevin: Don’t cross the streams. Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.

    Important safety tip.

  6. Its got timers on the rounds. They self detonate if they don’t hit anything after they are past their effective range. You get a rain of low velocity shrapnel, but it beats whole 20mm shells raining down

  7. How much ammo does this carry and how long can it engage before it needs a resupply? It looks like it can hit a rogue mortar round or two. But it doesn’t look like it could deal with a salvo of 20 or 30 rounds. Does anyone know the specs?

  8. Excellent question on how many rounds it can engage before reloading. I assume the answer would be classified.

  9. I met a number of fellow contractors and MilSpecs, this last tour in Iraq, who were stationed in various bases/FOBs with CRAM. They all said it was REALLY LOUD, and worked like gangbusters (mortar and rocket busters more accurately!).

  10. Regarding the noise, I’ve heard that when that thing opens up, everyone hears it and hits the deck. Which, of course, helps prevent casualties if a round gets through. So not only is it taking out a lot of the incoming, it’s an alarm system.

  11. What’s the dud rate on the self-destructing rounds? As fast as a Vulcan spits out rounds, I’ll bet you still get some live ones hitting ground downrange.

    And raining shrapnel isn’t exactly a good way to make nice, either.

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