Raytheon de­liv­ers 1,000th minia­ture air launched de­coy jammer to USAF

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Raytheon Com­pany de­liv­ered the 1,000th minia­ture air launched de­coy jammer (MALD®-J) to the US Air Force as part of the Lot 5 pro­duc­tion con­tract. “The MALD pro­gramme has en­joyed a per­fect 33-for-33 flight test record over the past two years,” said Mike Jar­rett, Vice Pres­i­dent of Air War­fare Sys­tems for Raytheon Mis­sile Sys­tems. “The MALD has demon­strated it can si­mul­ta­ne­ously in­crease the com­bat ca­pa­bil­ity of plat­forms, sen­sors, weapons and de­ci­sion-mak­ers work­ing in the bat­tlespace.”

The ADM-160C MALD-J vari­ant, a highly au­ton­o­mous stand-in-jammer, can also op­er­ate in de­coy mode when selected by the warfighter. The first three lots de­liv­ered con­tained the ADM-160B MALD, a highly ef­fec­tive aerial de­coy.

MALD is a state-of-the-art, low-cost flight ve­hi­cle that is mod­u­lar, air-launched and pro­gram­mable. It weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range of ap­prox­i­mately 500 nau­ti­cal miles. MALD pro­tects air­craft and their crews by du­pli­cat­ing the com­bat flight profiles and sig­na­tures of US and al­lied air­craft. MALD-J adds radar-jam­ming ca­pa­bil­ity to the ba­sic MALD plat­form.

MALD con­fuses en­emy air de­fences by du­pli­cat­ing friendly air­craft flight profiles and radar sig­na­tures.

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