The Air Force awarded Raytheon Corp. a $6.1 million contract to produce 250 miniature air-launched decoys (MALD). The system enables pilots to neutralize enemy attacks with decoy and jamming capabilities that mimic the assailants’capabilities. The Air Force already has received 2,000 MALD systems, and Raytheon is working on a comparable one for the Navy.
“MALD gives fighter pilots control of the skies, so they can stay out of harm’s way,” said Raytheon’s Mike Jarrett in a statement on the company’s web site. “We’re at the leading edge of electronic warfare, to defeat the most advanced air defense systems.”