The US Army has awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman to install additional systems and continue maintenance of existing installations for the counter-rocket, artillery and mortars (C-RAM) system at military bases in Iraq.

Under the $58m contract, the company will provide systems engineering, production, deployment and logistics support for the C-RAM system in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

C-RAM is a system used by the army to intercept and destroy incoming rockets, artillery and mortar rounds in the air before they hit their targets on the ground.

The system integrates existing field artillery and air defence sensors, a commercial-off-the-shelf warning system and an interceptor to fight indirect fire threats.

In addition, C-RAM provides counterattacks and response options including tracking and capturing enemy forces.

The contract has been awarded by the Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama while the army’s director of the counter-rocket, artillery and mortar programme office will manage and direct the programme.