Several U.S. allies have contracted BAE Systems for aircraft survivability equipment worth $71 million. The Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to purchase the AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) and associated equipment from BAE for threat detection to protect rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft. More than 3000 CMWS units have been delivered to military forces in more 17 countries around the world. The CMWS includes an electronic control unit (ECU) and multiple electro-optical missile sensors (EOMS) to provide advanced missile-warning capabilities.
The CMWS is a flexible, modular, optically based solution that uses customizable algorithms to allow it to adapt to emerging threats. It is part of the company’s portfolio of electronic-warfare (EW) solutions which includes its Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system. “Our customers that fly low and slow in dangerous situations face unobserved threats that can strike without warning in seconds,” said Cheryl Paradis, director of Optical Electronic Warfare Systems at BAE Systems. “We level the playing field for pilots and crews with proven threat detection and countermeasures that quickly and automatically engage and defeat threats and help warfighters return home safely.