Multiple MALD-Js in free flight, as well as multiple captive-carry MALD-Js, conducted electronic attack missions during the flight test, which is being called the most rigorous and complex to date. The event demonstrated MALD-J's ability to operate in a dynamic environment with a manned aircraft strike package.
"This test marked the greatest number of multiple Raytheon MALD vehicles airborne at once and demonstrated MALD-J's ability to protect manned aircraft," explains Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Air Warfare Systems product line. "Completion of this test also removes the last major hurdle toward MALD-J completing a Functional Configuration Audit."
Government personnel conducting a Functional Configuration Audit (FCA) validate that the system meets all requirements and performs to specifications. Following the completion of the FCA, U.S. Air Force officials could authorize a Milestone C decision, required to begin production, by the end of 2011.