BAE Systems recently presented its 3-D advanced warning system (3DAWS) for the first time, the company said. The product suite is designed to increase aircraft survivability from advanced threats.
“With the rapidly evolving threat environment, any future threat detection system must address a first-encounter threat scenario and must do so by efficiently and smartly utilizing fielded and future countermeasure techniques,” said Cheryl Paradis, director of threat management solutions at BAE. “Our new 3DAWS solution provides the capability to first make a definitive threat assessment — determining whether a track is a false alarm or an incoming threat — and then quickly respond with the appropriate countermeasure.”
The 3DAWS solution protects aircraft during complex, multi-threat engagement scenarios using layered countermeasure defense. It maximizes the effectiveness of current flare and directable infrared countermeasure systems and provides tracking capabilities for future soft- and hard-kill countermeasure solutions.
The suite uses BAE Systems’ passively cued, semi-active radio frequency 3-D tracker technology. It is designed to be highly modular and to comply with open architecture standards. The 3DAWS solution can integrate with all existing U.S. Army aircraft — fixed and rotary wing — and can be integrated with existing radar or laser warning system, providing the third dimension.