BAE Systems awarded US Army sustainment contract

Posted on 4 October, 2021 by Advance 

The US Army has awarded BAE Systems an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide life-cycle sustainment and technical support to the Limited Interim Missile Warning System (LIMWS) programme.

A Blackhawk helicopter and two other US Army rotary aircraft in midflight.
Courtesy BAE Systems

The 10-year contract (awarded in August) has a ceiling value of $872 million.

BAE Systems’ 2-Color Advanced Warning System (2CAWS), the missile warning system developed under the LIMWS programme, builds upon the company’s experience in fielding systems for the complex rotary-wing environment. Optimised for size, weight and power, 2CAWS features an open system processor, two-colour infrared sensors for increased range and a fibre optic A-kit for faster data transmission.

The system processor serves as the high-bandwidth digital backbone of the system and houses advanced machine learning missile warning algorithms specifically designed for complex, high-clutter environments and rapid threat updates.

“Our aircrews who fly into harm’s way need the most advanced protection systems available,” said Chris Austin, director of Threat Detection Solutions at BAE Systems. “This support and sustainment award will afford us the agility to best serve our customer’s needs.”

The 2CAWS is compatible with existing US Army aircraft survivability equipment, including pilot interfaces and countermeasure systems, allowing for accelerated installation and integration timelines.