BAE Systems to upgrade laser for U.S. Army helicopters

BAE Systems has won two U.S. Army contracts totaling $54 million to provide a multiband laser technology upgrade for the Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures/Common Missile Warning System (ATIRCM/CMWS) program.

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NASHUA, N.H. - BAE Systems has won two U.S. Army contracts totaling $54 million to provide a multiband laser technology upgrade for the Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures/Common Missile Warning System (ATIRCM/CMWS) program.

The multiband laser (MBL) replaces an existing infrared jam laser and flash lamp subsystem designed to protect helicopters by defeating infrared-seeking missiles.


A BAE Systems technician inspects a component for an upgrade to the company’s ATIRCM missile warning system.
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BAE Systems will deliver four multiband lasers to support ATIRCM operational test and evaluation. Concurrently, the company will deliver 12 laser units to support Army testing and initial fielding of ATIRCM/CMWS.

ATIRCM/CMWS is a multiband, laser-based countermeasures system that protects aircraft against heat-seeking missiles. The combined ATIRCM/CMWS suite evaluates the threat environment and selects the appropriate response to counter specific missile threats using a variety of countermeasures.

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