May 27, 2014

UK To Acquire Missile Warning System for Helos, Fixed-Wing Craft

Britain is buying a BAE Systems third-generation (Gen 3) common missile warning system (CMWS) that helps protect helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft against small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades, as well as missiles.
The military will replace some second-generation systems and outfit new aircraft. Platforms, including Apache, Chinook, Wildcat and Merlin helicopters, will receive the equipment.
The contract will ensure armed forces will have around 300 systems in total. The system would be used predominantly on rotor-wing aircraft, but one fixed-wing platform would also be outfitted.
Small arms and rocket-propelled grenades have been a constant threat to air crews in Afghanistan.

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