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Mar 31, 2015 ASDNews Source : Raytheon


Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) received a $91.5 million U.S. Air Force contract modification award for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J) missile. The contract modification is for Lot 8. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be complete by June 2017. This award was booked in the first quarter 2015.


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6 juin 2013 4 06 /06 /juin /2013 07:20
Raytheon explores further developments after MALD-J completes operational tests

4 Jun 2013 Dave Majumdar - FG


Washington DC - Raytheon's Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer (MALD-J) completed operational testing in late May, a senior company official says. The results of the testing should be available "this fall", but the US Air Force is already buying the MALD-J in quantity.


"We just negotiated lot six with the US Air Force, and they bought lot six and they are all jammers," says Jeff White, Raytheon's MALD business development manager. The sixth production lot of the air-launched decoys consists of 202 MALD-J vehicles, for a total price of $81 million.


White points out that this is the third lot of the MALD-J decoys that the USAF has purchased since the service started procuring the jammer variant of the MALD in the fourth production lot. So far the USAF has ordered about 650 MALD-J decoys, he says, with more to come.


"We're negotiating lot seven now," White says. "That'll come out next year."


Even though the MALD-J has completed its developmental activities, Raytheon is moving forward on potential naval applications for the jet-powered decoy. The company is working on risk reduction activities for the US Navy's Airborne Electronic Attack Expendable air-launched decoy programme, with White saying its proposal would use the MALD-J as a baseline.


White also says that Raytheon is working with the Office of Naval Research on a programme called Cerberus, which would fit the MALD with multiple payloads for the service's offensive anti-surface warfare mission. White says that if the navy can secure funding in the 2015 budget, the service could receive its first MALDs in 2017 or 2018.


A third development is being funded internally by Raytheon to effectively turn the decoy into a cruise missile of sorts by adding a thermobaric warhead to the decoy, White says. The company is also looking at adding a data-link to the device.


Another Raytheon-funded development is the MALD cargo aircraft launch system, which would enable a transport, such as the Lockheed Martin C-130J, to launch as many as 24 of the decoys. The company released inert MALDs from a Hercules in March 2011, but hopes to carry out a full live demonstration of the capability this year or during 2014, White says.

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25 avril 2013 4 25 /04 /avril /2013 07:20
A US Air National Guard's F-16C aircraft carrying MALD under its wings

A US Air National Guard's F-16C aircraft carrying MALD under its wings


24 April 2013 airforce-technology.com


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.

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