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Army orders new missile, small arms warning system

Jan. 14, 2014 at 1:12 PM

NASHUA, N.H., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has ordered third-generation Common Missile Warning Systems that include hostile fire indication to detect and evade small arms fire.

The contract, given BAE Systems, is for 300 CMWS units and is worth $39 million.

It includes spares and engineering and technical services and is part of a proposed $496 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.

"Our Common Missile Warning System has been battle tested with more than 2,100 systems delivered and integrated on more than 30 different platform types," said Bill Staib, director of Threat Management Solutions at BAE Systems. "The Gen3 enhancements allow us to provide a missile warning, hostile fire indication, and data recording system all in one box. This can immediately make a difference for our troops by improving survivability and increasing situational awareness."

Earlier versions of the CMWS were used on Army helicopters to locate and protect against infrared threats. The new version includes technology for detecting small-arms threats and dispenses counter-measures without requiring pilot intervention.

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