US Army contracts BAE for next-generation 2CAWS missile warning system

July 15, 2021 (Last Updated July 15th, 2021 10:09)

2CAWS features an open system processor and a fibre optic A-kit for faster data transmission.

US Army contracts BAE for next-generation 2CAWS missile warning system
BAE Systems’ 2-Color Advanced Warning System provides advanced threat detection capabilities. Credit: BAE Systems.

The US Army has contracted BAE Systems for the supply of next-generation 2-Color Advanced Warning System (2CAWS).

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

It also provides them with mission effectiveness in complex environments.

The system has advanced machine learning (ML) missile warning algorithms designed for contesting environments and rapid threat updates.

BAE noted that the latest award is a part of the Limited Interim Missile Warning System (LIMWS) programme and includes the third of the four production lots.

The LIMWS programme is aimed at providing more capability than the US Army’s current system, the Common Missile Warning System (CMWS), which is a member of the service’s aircraft survivability portfolio.

Work on the LIMWS programme will be conducted at the company’s facilities in Huntsville, Alabama, and Nashua, New Hampshire.

BAE Systems Threat Detection Solutions director Chris Austin said: “We are excited to leverage our expertise on Quick Reaction Capability programs to support the US Army, protecting their aircraft and the aircrews who fly them.

“2CAWS offers new capabilities that are revolutionising protection, for both the enduring and future US Army fleets.”

BAE Systems’ 2CAWS is based on two-colour infrared 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 (SWaP) needs for US Army aircraft.

2CAWS is compatible with existing US Army aircraft survivability equipment, supports air combat missions and easily integrates into fixed and rotary-wing platforms.

BAE Systems’ CMWS system is currently fielded on thousands of US Army platforms. Since the time it was fielded in 2005, it has saved many aircraft and their crews.

In July last year, BAE Systems received orders worth $179m from the US Army for next-generation Missile Warning Systems (MWS).