Raytheon has delivered the 1000th Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALDÆ -J) to the U.S. Air Force as part of the Lot 5 production contract.
“The MALD program 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 U.S. and allied aircraft. MALD-J adds radar-jamming capability to the basic MALD platform.
- MALD confuses enemy air defenses by duplicating friendly aircraft flight profiles and radar signatures.
- MALD-J maintains all capabilities of MALD and adds jamming capabilities.
- Raytheon began delivery of MALD-Js in the fall of 2012.