The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a five-year procurement contract for the
delivery of up to 484 AN/ALQ-212 protection systems. The low-rate initial
production contract also includes associated spares, test equipment, and various
Final deliveries of AN/ALQ-212 systems issued in this contract are scheduled in
2009. BAE Systems Information & Electronic Warfare Systems unit in Nashua, New
Hampshire, is responsible for the entire program. The contract, if all options
are exercised, is valued at $484 million. The US Army public procurement plans
call for approximately 2,700 of such systems valued at $3.3 billion to be
acquired through the entire life of the program.
US Army Aviation rotary and fixed-wing aircraft will be well protected against
IR missile threats by ALQ-212s. The AN/ALQ-212 combines the proven AAR-57 Common
Missile Warning System (CMWS) RWR with the Advanced Thread Infrared
Countermeasures (ATIRCM) uses flares and a directable jamming subsystem to
divert incoming missile threats.
The modular design of the ALQ-212 protection system allows to first integrate
the CMWS subsystem that can be combined with flare dispensers with ease. The
ATIRCM portion can be added later setting the fully functional ALQ-212 up. The
final protection system can operate automatically and autonomously detecting and
defeating incoming threats equipped with an infrared seeker. ATIRCM works
steering a beam of modulated jamming energy onto the missile's infrared seeker.
The US Army Aviation also expects to use the CMWS in stand-alone mode on fixed
and rotary wing aircraft. The first delivery order comprising 50 CMWS was
awarded September 10 and is valued at $27.8 million.
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