BAE Systems Information and Electronics Systems Integration, Nashua, New Hampshire, was awarded a $21,642,248 modification (P00002) to contract W58RGZ-21-D-0023 for life cycle contractor support for the Limited Interim Missile Warning System (LIMWS) quick reaction capability. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2022. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
The Limited Interim Missile Warning System (LIMWS) is intended to provide more capability than the Army’s current system, the Common Missile Warning System (CMWS), which BAE Systems has supplied since 2005. Over 30 different aviation platforms are fielded with CMWS to include all of the Army’s fleet of combat helicopters. The Army competitively awarded the interim system to BAE through a quick reaction capability (QRC) mechanism that provides ways to bypass the traditional lengthy acquisition process. BAE’s solution includes its 2-Color Advanced Warning System (2C-AWS).
The foundation of LIMWS is BAE Systems’ 2-Color Advanced Warning System (2CAWS) processor which will allow the Army to outpace the threat. The system processor serves as the high-bandwidth digital backbone of the system and houses advanced machine learning missile warning algorithms specifically designed for complex, high-clutter environments and rapid threat updates. LIMWS is compatible with existing U.S. Army aircraft survivability equipment, including pilot interfaces and countermeasure systems, allowing for accelerated installation and integration timelines.
The awards will continue the fielding of LIMWS systems in support of critical U.S. Army requirements. It follows a December 2017 development contract and an initial production order in May 2018. 2CAWS builds on the company’s experience delivering combat-proven aircraft survivability equipment to the U.S. and allied armed forces, and its experience executing critical QRC programs. The company’s Common Missile Warning System is currently fielded on thousands of U.S. Army platforms and has saved dozens of aircraft and their crews since it was first fielded in 2005.