The sophistication and proliferation of infrared (IR) missiles continue to increase, both on the battlefield and in less-clearly defined hostile zones. Defeating these IR threats – which are often hidden until fired and can strike in seconds – is crucial, requiring more advanced aircraft survivability equipment. While many missile warning systems have a tough time staying ahead of evolving threats, the BAE Systems' CMWS has a proven, distinctly superior ability to protect both aircraft and crews in these situations.
First called upon for a superior, adaptable aircraft survivability equipment solution by the U.S. Army, BAE Systems answered with a most viable solution –CMWS. Since CMWS was initially fielded in 2005, more than 3,000 systems have been delivered and installed on over 40 different platforms. Designed to work across a wide variety of aircraft, the system features line-replaceable units that can be switched out in 3-5 minutes on the flight line, with no need for special tools or test equipment. Given its more than 4 million combat hours and ability to customize algorithms to adapt to new threats, CMWS has repeatedly proven its adaptability and versatility in various situations.
At BAE Systems, we value our customer relationships greatly, providing continuous product support and incorporating user feedback to enhance our products. As a result of this feedback, our CMWS continues to evolve, always building on the success of prior technologies. The latest generation of this system's technology integrates hostile fire indication, missile warning, and data recording capabilities into one unit, allowing detection of small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades while also enabling data recording for detailed post-mission analysis. The BAE Systems CMWS has saved dozens of lives over the years, while delivering enhanced integration and survivability capabilities that continue to evolve.
The AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System is U.S. Department of Defense-approved for export, making this life-saving technology available to our allied nations around the world on military and head-of-state platforms.