Raytheon has been awarded a contract to produce and deliver additional Miniature Air Launched Decoy-J (MALD-J) jammers to the US Air Force (USAF).
Valued at $81.7m, the firm-fixed-price option covers Lot 6 on the Lot 5 contract for supply of an additional 200 MALD-J jammers and containers, along with a ten-year warranty to the air force.
Raytheon Missile Systems Air Warfare Systems vice president Harry Schulte said: "MALD-J adds a jamming capability to the current decoy function of the MALD that disrupts enemy integrated air defence systems using jamming and radar signature technology.
He added: "This weapon will provide unprecedented capability and flexibility to the US Air Force and improve the survivability of our Airmen and their aircraft."
Weighing less than 300lb, the MALD-J is an expendable, close-in jammer designed to degrade and prevent an early warning or acquisition radar from establishing a track on a strike aircraft, while also maintaining the ability to fulfil the basic decoy mission.
Employed from the F-16 C/D Fighting Falcon and B-52 bomber, the unmanned MALD-J is capable of navigating and operating closer to hostile radars compared to the conventional electronic warfare (EW) systems, thus keeping aviators and aircraft away from enemy’s path.
Designed to work with and use other EW platforms, the device can function either as a stand-alone system or in pairs, and is also able to loiter in the target area for an extended period of time, ensuring mission completion.
The ADM-160 MALD is an advanced, air-launched and programmable flight vehicle designed to confuse enemy integrated air defence systems, by accurately duplicating all combat flight profiles and radar signatures of the US and allied aircraft in the battlefield.
Manufacturing work will be primarily carried out at the company’s facility in Tucson, Arizona, US, however the delivery schedule has remained undisclosed.
Image: A US Air National Guard’s F-16C aircraft carrying miniature air-launched decoys under its wings. Photo: Courtesy of US Air Force.