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Ongoing Success for Missile Warning System

CH-47 protected by Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Spc. Charles J. Thompson
Missile Defense Technology Continues to Protect Troops

Missile defense technology continues to play a crucial role in protecting our troops, our country, and our allies, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. That’s why for the past 40 years we’ve been committed to advancing our threat management technology, hitting a number of significant milestones along the way.

Just in the past couple months, the U.S. Army ordered approximately $50 million in Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) service and support and an additional $17 million in support for the Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasure (ATIRCM). These orders call for the most recent version of our flagship CMWS solution and include service and support to expand our ATIRCM system to additional theaters of operation. But these are just the latest in a string of successes achieved in the area of threat management in the past year alone:


  • In a July CMWS/ATIRCM contract award article , we announced $40 million in orders and the finalization of a new $496 million, three-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract including CMWS and ATIRCM solutions.
  • In a May CMWS article , we announced the first direct commercial sale [$28 million (£16.7 million)] of our Gen3 CMWS technology from the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD).
  • These contracts came on the heels of an April CMWS announcement regarding enhancements to the missile warning system that reduce pilot workload and include a next-generation Enhanced Ultra-Violet Sensor to improve the system’s core detection capability.
  • The year started with a January CMWS contract award announcement that the U.S. Army has awarded the company a $39 million CMWS contract that coincides with the fielding of the Gen3 system that includes hostile fire indication to detect and evade small arms fire and new data recording capabilities for detailed post-mission analysis.

As a testament to these and other recent CMWS accomplishments, then-Colonel John Leaphart, project manager, Aircraft Survivability Equipment, stated in an interview with KMI Media that, “CMWS was already a proven game-changer for the fight over in theater. We haven’t lost an aircrew to a man-portable air-defense (MANPAD) system since May 2007 because of CMWS being on these aircraft.”  (Read the full interview with Colonel Leaphart.)

While the success of our missile warning systems has become commonplace during our 40-year threat management legacy, we take nothing for granted and continue to advance our technology in an ongoing effort to provide the warfighter with the most advanced survivability equipment.  To get a firsthand view of how our employees have played an integral role in shaping this technology, check out both  Greg Procopio and  Matt Kennedy's stories.