CMWS system

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract for delivery of the third-generation common missile warning system (CMWS) to the US Army.

Under the $39m contract, the company will supply more than 300 third-generation (Gen3) CMWS units to enable the US Army aviators to locate and protect against infrared (IR) threats.

Representing the first order under a proposed $496m indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, the award also includes unit spares and engineering and technical services, and increases the army’s total Gen3 procurement to over 1,300 units.

The Gen3 system includes hostile fire indication to detect and evade small arms fire and new data recording capabilities for detailed post-mission analysis.

Bae Systems Threat Management Solutions director Bill Staib said the CMWS has been battle tested with over 2,100 systems delivered and integrated on more than 30 different platform types.

”The Gen3 enhancements allow us to provide a missile warning, hostile fire indication, and data recording system all in one box,” Staib said.

”This can immediately make a difference for our troops by improving survivability and increasing situational awareness.”

"The Gen3 enhancements allow us to provide a missile warning, hostile fire indication, and data recording system all in one box."

The AN/AAR-57 CMWS is a highly automated and tightly integrated infrared countermeasures suite designed to safeguard rotary-wing, transport, and tactical aircraft against IR, surface-to-air and air-to-air missile threats.

Fully compatible with existing chaff, flare and RF decoy dispensers, and laser directional Infrared counter measures (DIRCM) systems, CMWS provides warning cue and situational awareness for guided and unguided threats to host platform, and locate threats and dispense countermeasures without requiring pilot intervention.

The CMWS technology is anticipated to be used for identification of incoming threats for the army’s next-generation common infrared countermeasures system, which will protect the US military helicopter fleets.

The Gen3 systems will be fielded to over 1,000 US Army platforms in the next two years, and has already started with in-theatre installations on the Apache, Kiowa, and Blackhawk aircraft in Afghanistan.

Image: the CMWS enables detection of IR threats for rotary-wing, transport, and tactical aircraft. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.

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