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UK MoD deploys BAE System’s missile warning system

The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded BAE Systems a $28 million (£16.7 million) contract for the third-generation (Gen3) configuration of its Common Missile Warning System (CMWS). This contract, which represents the first direct commercial sale of BAE Systems’ Gen3 CMWS technology, will enable the U.K. military to provide its aircrews with the latest CMWS survivability equipment.

“Our Common Missile Warning System has a long track record of success with more than 2 million combat hours. Its proven technology has saved countless aircraft and lives,” said Bill Staib, director of Threat Management Solutions at BAE Systems. “Our engineers have now enhanced the system with third-generation technology, integrating hostile fire indication, missile warning, and data recording capabilities into a single unit. Through this purchase, the U.K. pilots will have enhanced detection of small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades, improving their safety and mission effectiveness.”

BAE Systems’ CMWS, which has nearly 10 years of in-theater combat experience, is a highly automated and tightly integrated survivability suite that locates threats and executes countermeasures to protect aircraft and personnel. Recently delivered to the U.S. Army, the Gen3 system includes both hostile fire indication to detect and evade small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades, and new data recording capabilities for detailed post-mission analysis.