BAE to develop new missile warning system for US Army aircraft

1 May 2018 (Last Updated May 1st, 2018 11:26)

The US Army has awarded a limited interim missile warning system (LIMWS) contract to BAE Systems aiming to deliver advanced detection capabilities for its aircraft.

BAE to develop new missile warning system for US Army aircraft
BAE Systems will develop a next-generation missile warning system for the US Army aircraft. Credit: BAE Systems.

The US Army has awarded a limited interim missile warning system (LIMWS) contract to BAE Systems aiming to deliver advanced detection capabilities for its aircraft.

The $97.9m contract will involve the development of a Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) next-generation missile warning system for aircraft to help protect pilots and crew members from future threats.

Under the deal, BAE will provide its latest 2-Color Advanced Warning System (2C-AWS) to offer missile warning and hostile fire protection for US Army’s rotary wing aircraft.

“Currently, CMWS is integrated on to several US Army platforms and has saved dozens of aircraft and crew members since the solution was first deployed in 2005.”

BAE Systems survivability, targeting, and sensing solutions vice-president and general manager Paul Markwardt said: “Our system will provide the army fleet with unmatched protection capability that helps warfighters execute their missions.”

Developed in collaboration with Leonardo DRS, BAE System’s advanced 2C-AWS solution was proposed in response to the US Army’s June solicitation for LIMWS.

The 2C-AWS missile warning system has been designed to work with existing aircraft survivability equipment, including aircraft interfaces and countermeasure systems. It is used to address the army’s future threat detection needs.

The current contract demonstrates the company’s ability to support the upgrade of its Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) that offers new solutions to address the US Army’s QRC requirement.

Currently, CMWS is integrated on to several US Army platforms and has saved dozens of aircraft and crew members since the solution was first deployed in 2005.

Leonardo DRS has entered into a partnership with BAE Systems to deliver advanced sensors for the development of the 2C-AWS solution.