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BAE Systems To Support And Service Aircraft Countermeasures For UK Ministry Of Defence

NASHUA, New Hampshire — BAE Systems will support and service aircraft countermeasures systems under a £16 million urgent-needs contract with the UK Ministry of Defence. The AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System, or CMWS, integrates electronic warfare sensors to detect and defeat infrared-guided missiles. It has been credited with saving multiple aircraft from infrared-guided missiles.

CMWS is a passive missile detection and warning system. It consists of up to six electro-optic missile sensors, depending on aircraft type, and an electronic control unit (ECU). The sensors are installed around the aircraft to provide comprehensive coverage and constantly monitor for the signature of a missile. The ECU processes the sensor data and, if it detects an incoming missile, provides cues for countermeasures to defeat the threat missile.

“BAE Systems is a world-class electronic warfare systems supplier and it is recognised for delivering superior product support, training, and field service to its military customers,” said Squadron Leader Carl Jones, Missile Warning Systems Manager for the MoD’s Aircraft Sensors, Systems, and Platform Protection project team. “We’re confident that this partnership will ensure that UK aircrews have the protection they need to complete their missions.”

CMWS is fielded on more than 120 systems on UK rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, including the Chinook and Tornado. Under the new contract, BAE Systems will manage all facets of the supply chain to guarantee availability of CMWS equipment spares to men and women in combat.

“This programme will ensure that MoD rotary- and fixed-wing platforms have spare CMWS equipment available at their deployed operating bases every time they need it,” said Cindy Carpenter, Director of Global Survivability and Support Solutions for BAE Systems. “We’ve promised to deliver the CMWS spares within an hour of any request to ensure our customer has 100 percent mission availability, and our global product support team is committed to no less.”

Under the five-year, firm-fixed-price availability contract, BAE Systems will provide spare systems and accept returned equipment for depot-level repair in the United States. The programme minimises repair turnaround time, improves system availability, and will reduce total system ownership costs to the MoD. The contract also provides £1.5 million for spares equipment to support the program.

BAE Systems has more than 15,000 infrared and electronic countermeasures systems fielded worldwide and is recognised as an industry leader in providing full life-cycle product support for its countermeasures equipment. In 2009, the company received the US Secretary of Defense Performance-Based Logistics Award, which recognised excellence in depot-level repair, availability of spares, and providing those in combat with exceptional operational capability.

About BAE Systems

BAE Systems is a global defence, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US$ 36.2 billion).

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