Navy Orders EW Jammers to Foil Detonation of Improvised Explosive Devices

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April 24, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: April 24 on

INDIAN HEAD, Md. – U.S. military explosives-disposal experts are ordering additional electronic warfare (EW) jammers for deployed infantry warfighters to counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in dangerous parts of the world.

Officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Indian Head, Md., announced a $31 million order last Wednesday to Sierra Nevada Corp. in Sparks, Nev., for the AN/PLT-5 IED electronic jammer to support explosive ordnance-disposal personnel.

The AN/PLT-5 is a man-portable system designed to help experts from the U.S. Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal (JSEOD) Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) program.