Quad A 2017: BAE Systems, Leonardo DRS sign MoU
BAE Systems and Leonardo DRS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide advanced threat detection capabilities for US Army fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, it was announced on 19 April.
The companies will partner to develop an advanced infrared-based threat warning system to meet the current and evolving operational needs for the US Army aircraft survivability.
The new system will leverage techniques and capabilities developed for BAE Systems' Common Missile Warning System, which is the standard platform used on all army fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft; and Leonardo DRS' high-performing infrared sensors specifically designed for the rotary-wing environment.
Paul Markwardt, vice president and general manager of Survivability, Targeting, and Sensing Solutions at BAE Systems, said: 'By merging Leonardo DRS extensive infrared sensors expertise with our proven threat warning capabilities, we're able to offer survivability solutions not available today.
'Together, we can better protect our warfighters with technology that maximises both flare declaration as well as directional infrared countermeasure cueing and then advance that capability toward universal threat protection.'