Northrop Grumman Begins Production of MCU for Spider Networked Munition

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November 6, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: November 6 on

U.S. Army munitions experts are asking engineers at Northrop Grumman Corp. to begin producing an improved remote-control unit for a network of soldier-controlled anti-personnel grenades that can sense enemy intrusions and enable warfighters to fire the explosives remotely.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command New Jersey at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., announced a $13.4 million order Thursday to the Northrop Grumman Technology Services segment in Herndon, Va., for low-rate initial production of the Spider Increment I A remote-control unit.

Northrop Grumman is building an improved networked munitions control station for the XM-7 Spider anti-personnel networked munitions system that provides a secure remote command and control capability as far as 1500 meters for a hand-emplaced munition field.