The new $114 million Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) contract confirms the renovated focus on aircraft survivability against novel advanced threats.
BAE Systems has been awarded a $114 million Foreign Military Sale by the U.S. Army for AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS) to be installed on allies’ existing fleets and newly acquired aircraft, including AH-64 Apaches, CH-47 Chinooks and UH-60 Black Hawks. The combat proven system is installed on more than 40 different aircraft types around the world, which have accumulated more than 4 million combat hours.
“Battlefields are increasingly contested, and airborne armed forces around the world must be able to detect and defeat modern infrared threats,” said Jennifer Bartley, deputy product line director of Integrated Survivability Solutions at BAE Systems. “When stealth is not an option, CMWS provides a shield that enables aircraft survivability and mission execution.”
The sophistication and proliferation of infrared-guided missiles continue to increase and defeating them effectively is crucial, especially as they are often hidden until fired and can strike in seconds, requiring more advanced aircraft survivability equipment. The lessons learned from recent conflicts underlined the need to protect low flying aircraft, and especially helicopters, also from MAN-Portable Air-Defense Systems (MANPADS) threats, other than direct fire that is contrasted with the use of armor.
CMWS is an ultra-violet based missile warning system, part of an integrated IR countermeasures suite utilizing five sensors to display accurate threat location and dispense decoys/countermeasures. The system consists of five Electro-Optic Missile Sensors that are mounted to the surface of the aircraft, an Electronic Control Unit, a reprogrammable User Data Module, a Sequencer, and Improved Countermeasure Dispensers, according to info release by the Army’s Project Management Office for Aircraft Survivability…
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