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The CMWS

Allies Look to BAE for Missile Warning System

Nov. 26, 2019
Several U.S. allies have contracted BAE Systems for $71 million for its optically based AN/AAR-57 missile warning system and other advanced aircraft survivability equipment.

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.

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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