US Army orders additional BAE Gen3 common missile warning systems

27 July 2014 (Last Updated July 27th, 2014 18:30)

BAE Systems has been awarded a series of contracts to supply additional third-generation (Gen3) common missile warning systems (CMWS) to the US Army.

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BAE Systems has been awarded a series of contracts to supply additional third-generation (Gen3) common missile warning systems (CMWS) to the US Army.

Valued at a combined $90m, the contracts are funded under the $496m, three-year indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract awarded by the army in September 2013 to deliver up to 1,300 Gen3 systems.

Under the agreement, BAE will provide CMWS hardware, as well as systems engineering, software, and logistics support services, for both the CMWS and the advanced-threat infrared countermeasure system.

BAE Systems Threat Management Solutions director Bill Staib said: "These latest contracts build on nearly ten years of experience, providing the US Army with thousands of aircraft survivability systems that have been integrated on more than 45 different platform types.

"As a result of these contracts, we'll continue to deliver Gen3 systems in support of US Army and foreign military sale requirements over the next two years."

"These latest contracts build on nearly ten years of experience, providing the US Army with thousands of aircraft survivability systems that have been integrated on more than 45 different platform types."

Fully compatible with the existing chaff, flare and RF decoy dispensers, and laser directional infrared countermeasures systems, the AN/AAR-57 CMWS is designed to safeguard rotary-wing, transport and tactical aircraft against IR, surface-to-air and air-to-air missile threats.

The automated infrared countermeasures suite provides warning cue and situational awareness for guided and unguided threats to host platform, and locates threats and deploys countermeasures without pilot intervention.

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

The system has also been ordered by the UK Ministry of Defence to replace existing Gen2 CMWS units and to outfit the military's new aircraft, including Apache, Chinook, Wildcat and Merlin helicopters.


Image: BAE aircraft survivability systems are installed on more than 45 different US Army platforms. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems / US Army Spc Charles J. Thompson.

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