Navy AN/ALE-55 aircraft electronic warfare system moves to full-rate production at BAE Systems
NASHUA, N.H., 2 Oct. 2011. The BAE Systems Electronic Systems Sector in Nashua, N.H., will begin full-rate production of the U.S. Navy AN/ALE-55 fiber-optic towed decoy, an RF airborne countermeasure designed to protect the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-based jet fighter-bomber from radar-guided missiles. BAE Systems is doing the work under terms of a $36.7 million contract option from Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md. The aircraft-towed decoy with onboard electronics works together with the Super Hornet's electronic warfare system to jam radar seekers in air-to-air missiles. The system also can lure incoming missiles away from their actual targets. The ALE-55 system consists of an onboard electronic frequency converter (EFC) and a fiber-optic towed decoy (FOTD).
BAE Systems will do work on the contract in Nashua, N.H.; Mountain View, Calif.; and Chelmsford, England, and should finished in summer 2013. For more information contact BAE Systems Electronic Systems online at www.baesystems.com/Businesses/ElectronicSystems.