BAE Systems receives $114 million in contracts from US Army for CMWS systems

(To Bae Systems)

BAE Systems has received $114 million in Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contracts from the U.S. Army for Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS) AN/AAR-57.

CMWS are aircraft survivability systems combat-proven, for rotary helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, which integrate missile warnings, hostile fire indications and countermeasure controls. CMWS provide the United States and its allies with advanced threat detection and countermeasure control capabilities that protect aircraft and aircrews operating in hostile conditions.

"Battlefields are increasingly challenging and air forces around the world must be able to detect and defeat modern infrared threats," said Jennifer Bartley, deputy product line director of Integrated Survival Solutions at BAE Systems. “When stealth is not an option, CMWS provide a shield that enables aircraft survivability and mission execution.”

CMWS systems have been installed on different types of platforms around the world. It is the standard missile warning and hostile fire detection system for U.S. Army aircraft and has millions of combat flight hours and a proven ability to protect aircraft and save lives in evolving threat environments.

With new FMS contracts, additional U.S. allies now purchase CMWS for their proven survivability. Allies will use these systems to protect existing fleets and newly acquired aircraft, including AH-64 helicopters Apache, CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Black Hawk.

The CMWS are compatible with expandable countermeasures dispensers, including BAE Systems' AN/ALE-47 Aerial Countermeasures Dispenser System and the next-generation Smart D²™ countermeasures system, as well as laser-based steerable infrared countermeasures systems.

BAE Systems' CMWS are part of the company's layered, Intrepid Shield™ approach to aircraft and ground platform survivability that uses the entire electromagnetic spectrum to detect, exploit and counter advanced threats.

CMWS are designed and manufactured at BAE Systems facilities in Nashua, New Hampshire; Austin, Texas; and Huntsville, Alabama.