Military Embedded Systems

Machine learning, infrared-powered missile warning system delivered to Army

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July 16, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Associate Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Machine learning, infrared-powered missile warning system delivered to Army
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ARLINGTON, Va. BAE Systems received $179 million in total awards from the U.S. Army as part of the Limited Interim Missile Warning System (LIMWS) Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) program. This award includes orders for the first two production lots and funding to enable fielding of the next-generation Missile Warning System (MWS).

The MWS is designed to provide aircrews with advanced threat detection capabilities, intended to improve survivability and mission effectiveness in contested environments.

The foundation of LIMWS is BAE Systems’ 2-Color Advanced Warning System (2CAWS) processor, which aims to allow the Army to outpace the threat. 2CAWS builds upon BAE Systems’ experience in fielding systems for the complex rotary-wing environment. Optimized for size, weight, and power, 2CAWS features an open system processor, two-color infrared sensors for increased range, and a fiber optic A-kit intended for faster data transmission.

The system processor serves as the high-bandwidth, digital backbone of the system and houses machine learning missile warning algorithms designed for complex, high-clutter environments and rapid threat updates. LIMWS is designed to be compatible with existing U.S. Army aircraft survivability equipment, including pilot interfaces and countermeasure systems, allowing for accelerated installation and integration timelines.