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Leonardo DRS to Provide Sensors for US Army Aircraft Missile Warning System

Contributes to Foundation for Future Threat Detection Needs

Leonardo DRS announced on 27 April it is to provide advanced sensors for BAE Systems’ 2-Color Advanced Warning System (2C-AWS), which is being developed under contract with the US Army for its Limited Interim Missile Warning System (LIMWS) Quick Reaction Capability (QRC).  The 2C-AWS system is designed to protect US Army helicopters from new and emerging threats.

2C-AWS will provide a foundation for the Army’s future threat detection needs and is designed to be upgradeable to meet future customer requirements. It will work with existing Army Aircraft Survivability Equipment, including aircraft interfaces and countermeasure systems. LIMWS QRC is expected to rapidly field an enhanced survivability capability over the coming years.

In December 2017, the US Army awarded BAE Systems a contract to develop and deliver its 2C-AWS solution for the LIMWS. Leonardo DRS had been previously working with BAE Systems to develop a LIMWS QRC offering by providing its Dual Mode Warning Sensor as the basis for the IR sensor requirement.

The agreement to provide BAE Systems with the LIMWS QRC IR sensor builds on over two decades of Leonardo DRS technology development and commitment to providing the Army and other DoD services with the most capable solutions to fight and win. 

We are keenly aware of the increased threats presented to our Army aviators and crews throughout the areas of operation and potential future battlefields.  We understand the advanced detection capabilities required to counter those threats,” commented Leonardo DRS’ Vice President and General Manager of Electro-Optical Infrared Systems, Shawn Black.

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