ATK (Alliant Techsystems) has received a $15.4 million contract from the US Naval Air Systems Command for full rate production of AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System sensors. The sensor systems will be delivered to the US Navy and US Air Force for integration into a number of different aircraft.
‘The sensors ATK will deploy on Navy and Air Force aircraft as part of the AN/AAR-47 system will be an air crew’s best friend,’ said Tom Wilson, President of ATK Missile Systems. ‘ATK sensors are ideally suited for identifying the distinctive plume of surface-to air missiles, either shoulder or crew-launched, and will give them the maximum time possible to initiate evasive manoeuvres or defensive actions.’
ATK Missile Systems, headquartered in Woodland Hills, California, will conduct work under the contract at its facility in Clearwater, Florida.
The AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System is an electro-optical missile warning system designed for low, slow-flying aircraft.
The system detects missile launches from a variety of missile sources and is said to immediately display identified threats to the pilot in the cockpit, providing a signal to dispense appropriate countermeasures. The improved sensor technology greatly increases the probability of detection while significantly reducing the false alarm rate.