MALD is a flight vehicle that is modular, air-launched and programmable. It weighs under 300 pounds and has a range of approximately 500 nautical miles (about 575 statute miles). MALD duplicates the combat flight profiles and signatures of U.S. and allied aircraft to confuse enemies. The MALD-J adds radar-jamming capability to the basic MALD platform.
TUCSON, Ariz., Nov. 29, 2011. The U.S. Air Force reached a Milestone C decision on Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer variant, authorizing Raytheon to begin Low Rate Initial Production of the system. The Air Force also exercised a contract option and awarded Raytheon $5 million to convert Lot 4 MALD® production of the baseline to the MALD-J variant.