US Army Taps BAE to Provide Missile Warning Systems to Allies

BAE Systems has received $114 million in foreign military sales contracts from the US Army for AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS).

The foreign military sale will see US allies equip their rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft with warning systems for added protection against hostile fire.

The number of units to be expected has yet to be disclosed.

BAE Systems Integrated Survivability Solutions deputy product line director Jennifer Bartley described the equipment as a “shield that enables aircraft survivability” when stealth is not an option.

Work for the CMWS will be conducted at BAE Systems’ New Hampshire, Texas, and Alabama facilities.

A Proven Safety Feature

The AN/AAR-57 CMWS has been installed in over 3,000 aircraft since its first fielding in 2005, with a record of more than 4 million combat theater flight hours.

Its compatibility with multiple chaff, flare, and radio frequency decoy countermeasures allows it to be fitted onto various aircraft, including Boeing’s AH-64 Apache helicopters.

The warning system is also a significant component in ongoing military projects, to be integrated alongside Leonardo’s Miysis Directed Infrared Countermeasure system for a future aircraft survivability suite.

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