DESCRIPTION:

Air Warrior (AW) is a modular, integrated, rapidly reconfigurable combat aircrew ensemble that saves lives and maximizes Army aircrew mission performance. Previous aviation life-support equipment consisted of a nonintegrated assemblage of protective and survival gear. AW uses a systems approach to equip the aircrew and close the capability gap between human and machine. Fielded incrementally in blocks to rapidly provide enhanced capabilities to the warfighter, AW leverages and integrates clothing and equipment, such as the Army Aircrew Combat Uniform and ballistic protection from other product managers.

BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER

AW provides enhanced mission effectiveness, leveraging clothing and equipment to maximize aircrew member survivability.

SPECIFICATIONS

AW Block I provides:

  • Survival Equipment Subsystem that integrates first aid, survival, signaling and communications equipment with body armor and over-water survival subsystems
  • Microclimate Cooling System that increases effective mission duration in heat-stress environments by more than 350 percent
  • Aircrew Integrated Helmet System, a lighter helmet, which increases head and hearing protection
  • AW Increment 3 provides:

    • Electronic Data Manager, a portable digital-mission planning device that provides over-the-horizon messaging and enhanced situational awareness capabilities through connectivity to Blue Force Tracking-Aviation
    • Aircraft Wireless Intercom System that provides secure cordless, hands-free air-crew communications
    • Survival Kit, Ready Access, Modular Go-Bag that delivers integrated hydration
    • Portable Helicopter Oxygen Delivery System, which is a Soldier-worn supple-mental breathing oxygen system for high-altitude operations
    • Communication Enhancement and Protection System that allows for helmet hear-through capability

PROGRAM STATUS

  • Current: Transitioned to Sustainment

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

None

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES

Australia, Bahrain, Canada and United Arab Emirates

CONTRACTORS

Government is the prime integrator with various vendors providing components:
  • Telephonics Corp. (Farmingdale, NY)
  • Carleton Technologies, Inc. (Orchard Park, NY)
  • Raytheon Technical Services (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Communications & Ear Protection (CEP), Inc. (Enterprise, AL)
  • Science and Engineering Services, Inc. (SESI) (Huntsville, AL)
  • Gibson & Barnes (Santa Clara, CA)
  • Gentex Corp. (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)

PEO

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