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NSWC Crane Leads Testing Range Development

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Story Number: NNS090902-19
Release Date: 9/2/2009 1:29:00 PM

Special Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Public Affairs

CRANE, Ind. (NNS) -- Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane has partnered with the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds to develop the Electromagnetic Environment (EME) Joint Experimental Range Complex-3 (JERC-3) site in Yuma, Ariz.

The site will better enable warfighters to test and evaluate counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) technology and provide greater protection for service members. As the technical lead on the project, NSWC Crane is now proceeding with the component-selection process and procuring EME-system equipment for JERC-3, which is set for installation in Yuma later this year.

"The stage is set to move forward with the development of JERC-3," said NSWC Crane scientist Dr. Scot Hawkins, who chairs the EME Working Group. "We nailed down which technology is best to meet the requirements for the design."

Experts use EME-equipped ranges primarily to test Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (CREW) systems that provide protection to the warfighter by affecting the ability of enemy forces to detonate RCIEDs.

EME systems provides a testing environment that uses radio communications signals and scenarios similar to those found in field conditions. Testing CREW systems at an EME-equipped range validates improvements in the systems' capability that provides improved protection for the warfighter against RCIEDs, one of the deadliest threats that forces face in modern conflicts.

Funded by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), the JERC-3 site will be an EME range expansion that provides additional capabilities to test and evaluate CREW systems. This higher fidelity system will give experts the ability to better adapt tests to the technology being tested.

"EME systems on the ranges allow experts to find and correct technology issues at the testing site rather than after fielding," said Hawkins. "JERC-3 range will provide greater flexibility to our existing testing capabilities."

NSWC Crane's assignment as technical lead on the project stems from its Electronic Warfare/Information Operations (EW/IO) Center's role as an EW Center of Excellence within the Department of Defense. NSWC Crane, a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command, is nationally recognized for its leadership in providing innovative solutions to allow the warfighter to complete safe and effective missions.


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