Raytheon receives $49 million for stand-in jammer work

  • 12-May-2010 08:17 EDT

The Miniature Air Launched Decoy is designed to accurately duplicate the combat flight profiles and signatures of U.S. and allied aircraft.

The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $48.9 million contract to begin engineering, manufacturing, and design (EMD) of its Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) stand-in jammer variant (MALD-J). MALD is a low-cost, decoy flight vehicle that is modular, air-launched, and programmable. It weighs less than 300 lb and has a range of approximately 500 nmi. The MALD-J adds radar-jamming capability to the basic MALD platform without altering the decoy's outer mold line. Prior to entering EMD, the MALD-J successfully completed all 27 test events, culminating in a free-flight test in December 2009. Raytheon recently completed a second free-flight test of the MALD-J on April 27.

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