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BAE Systems, Leonardo DRS sign MOU to provide advanced threat detection for US Army aircraft

BAE Systems has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Leonardo DRS to offer advanced threat detection capabilities for US Army fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, the company said.

The two companies will collaborate to develop an advanced infrared-based threat warning system to meet current and evolving operational requirements for Army aircraft survivability.

This new collaboration will advance into new directions the threat warning techniques and capabilities leveraged from BAE Systems´ Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) — the standard Army missile warning system currently on all the service´s fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft — and Leonardo DRS´ mature, high-performing infrared sensors specifically designed for the rotary-wing environment.

By integrating the Leonardo DRS sensor into its product offering, BAE Systems will build upon a 40-year heritage of providing the most advanced threat detection and warning systems to the US military and allied forces to produce a next-generation solution.

BAE Systems is the US subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security company which delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services.