Raytheon to build electronic warfare-equipped MALD-J radar-jamming drones

U.S. Air Force airborne weapons experts are asking Raytheon Co. to build potentially hundreds of electronic warfare (EW) radar-jamming drones under terms of a four-year $76.1 million sole-source contract.

Dec 1st, 2016
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EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - U.S. Air Force airborne weapons experts are asking Raytheon Co. to build potentially hundreds of electronic warfare (EW) radar-jamming drones under terms of a four-year $76.1 million sole-source contract.

Officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., are asking Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz., to provide lot 10 of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammers (MALD-J), which are relatively simple air-launched unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) designed to jam enemy radar.

The Raytheon Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J) is designed to jam and confuse enemy air defenses.

MALD-J is an electronic jamming version of the Raytheon Miniature Air Launched Decoy drone that navigates and operates much closer than conventional EW to the victim radar, Raytheon officials say. Last June, Raytheon won a $118.5 million order for lot 9 of MALD-J production.

The MALD-J EW drone can loiter in the target area for an extended time to help keep manned aircraft out of harm's way. The MALD-J low-cost, air-launched programmable unmanned aircraft duplicates the combat flight profiles and signatures of U.S. and allied aircraft. By duplicating the radar signatures of manned aircraft, the MALD-J can spoof enemy radar and tempt ground-to-air missiles to shoot at the wrong targets.

The expendable air-launched UAV presents a radar signature that looks like a U.S. or allied aircraft to enemy integrated air defense systems (IADS). The U.S. and its allies use MALD and its jamming companion MALD-J to confuse and deceive enemy air defenses by sending a formation of these smart drones into hostile airspace. MALD offers counter air operations to neutralize air defense systems that pose a threat to U.S. and allied pilots.

Major suppliers to the MALD system include AML Communications in Camarillo, Calif.; AUSCO in Port Washington, N.Y.; BAE Systems in Berthoud, Colo.; CEI in Sacramento, Calif.; Celestica in Austin, Texas; Eagle Pitcher in Joplin, Mo.; EDO in Bohemia, N.Y.; Enser in Pinellas Park, Fla.; Engineered Fabrics Corp. in Rockmart, Ga.; GDOTS in Redmond, Wash.; Hamilton-Sundstrand in Rockford, Ill., and San Diego; LaBarge in Joplin, Mo.; Moog in East Aurora, N.Y.; and Tecom in Westlake Village, Calif.

On this contract, Raytheon will do the work in Tucson, Ariz., and should be finished by June 2020.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit Raytheon Missile Systems online at www.raytheon.com.

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