BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to provide life-cycle sustainment and technical support for the Limited Interim Missile Warning System (LIMWS) programme.

Awarded by the US Army, the ten-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has a maximum value of $872m.

The LIMWS programme is aimed at providing more capability than the US Army’s current system, the Common Missile Warning System (CMWS).

The company noted that its 2-Color Advanced Warning System (2CAWS) builds upon its experience in fielding systems for the complex rotary-wing scenario.

Developed under the LIMWS programme, BAE Systems’ 2CAWS missile warning system is based on two-colour infrared (IR) sensor technology.

It features an open system processor and a fibre optic A-kit for faster data transmission. The system design meets the size, weight, and power requirements for US Army aircraft.

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The 2CAWS system provides aircrews with advanced threat detection capabilities and enhanced survivability.

Its processor acts as the system’s high-bandwidth digital backbone.

According to the company, 2CAWS is compatible with existing US Army aircraft survivability equipment such as pilot interfaces and countermeasure systems.

It supports air combat missions and can be easily integrated into fixed and rotary-wing platforms.

BAE Systems Threat Detection Solutions director Chris Austin said: “Our aircrews who fly into harm’s way need the most advanced protection systems available.

“This support and sustainment award will afford us the agility to best serve our customer’s needs.”