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Army Looks to BAE for Advanced Missile Warning

The U.S. Army has contracted BAE Systems to develop a next-generation missile-warning system.

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract worth as much as $97.9 million by the U.S. Army for a next-generation missile warning system that will protect pilots and crews from new and emerging threats. The contract covers the development of Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) as part of a Limited Interim Missile Warning System (LIMW) that will build on BAE’s 2-Color Advanced Warning System (2C-AWS) technology.

The next-generation missile warning capability is meant to provide U.S. Army aircraft with missile warning and hostile fire protection for improved survivability and chance of success in spite of advancing threats. “Army aviators are facing an evolving threat environment that requires advanced detection capabilities,” said Paul Markwardt, VP and GM of Survivability, Targeting, and Sensing Solutions at BAE Systems. “Our system will provide the Army fleet with unmatched protection capability that helps warfighters execute their missions.”

The 2C-AWS threat warning system, with IR detection capability developed by Leonardo DRS, is the basis for a new U.S. Army missile warning system contract. (Image courtesy of BAE Systems)

BAE Systems has developed the 2C-AWS system by working with Leonardo DRS, which will provide the two-color infrared (IR) sensor to the sensitive detection that enables the system’s unparalleled effectiveness in identifying emerging threats. The 2C-AWS system is designed to be upgradeable to keep pace with future threats and customer requirements; it also works well with existing Army aircraft survivability equipment, including aircraft interfaces and electronic countermeasures (ECM) systems.

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