The MALD-J decoy is the jammer variant of the basic decoy, and the first ever stand-in jammer to enter production. (PRNewsfoto/Raytheon Company)
Air Force awards Raytheon $96M missile contract
Raytheon Company received a $96.1 millioncontract to produce 250 Miniature Air-Launched Decoys, or MALD® missiles. The U.S. Air Force award occurred just prior to Raytheon marking its 2,000th MALD system delivery, and 10th year of on-time customer deliveries.
The MALD system is an air-launched missile with both decoy and jamming capabilities that can electronically stimulate and then neutralize enemy air defense systems. Raytheon produces the MALD-J jamming variant, and is also developing a system for the U.S. Navy.
“MALD gives fighter pilots control of the skies, so they can stay out of harm’s way,” said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president. “We’re at the leading edge of electronic warfare, to defeat the most advanced air defense systems.”
The Air Force has completed aircraft integration and the Navy is planning to integrate the missile onto their fleet aircraft.
The Miniature Air-Launched Decoys will be manufactured in Tucson.