BAE Systems has been awarded a $33.6 million low-rate initial production contract for the ALE-55, part of the U.S. Navy’s Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) system that provides fighter aircraft with electronic defense against radar-guided missiles. The ALE-55 consists of an onboard electronic frequency converter (EFC) and a fiber-optic towed device (FOTD). The EFC converts radio frequencies to light that is transferred over a fiber-optic cable to a transmitter in the FOTD that jams missile threats to the aircraft. BAE Systems began low-rate initial production of the AN/ALE-55 Lot IV in June 2008 and is expected to complete production of Lot V in September 2011. When combined with the previous Lot IV award, the Lot V production award increases total FOTD deliveries to 473 and total contract value to $65.6 million.