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Raytheon gets $34M aerial decoy jammer contract

The $34.8 million U.S. Air Force contract to demonstrate capabilities of MALD-X jammer missile.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
Raytheon has been awarded a $34.8 million U.S. Air Force contract to demonstrate upgraded electronic warfare capabilities for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer, or MALD-J, missile, the company announced Monday. Photo courtesy Raytheon
Raytheon has been awarded a $34.8 million U.S. Air Force contract to demonstrate upgraded electronic warfare capabilities for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer, or MALD-J, missile, the company announced Monday. Photo courtesy Raytheon

TUCSON, July 11 (UPI) -- Raytheon has been awarded a $34.8 million U.S. Air Force contract to demonstrate upgraded electronic warfare capabilities for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer, or MALD-J, missile, the company announced Monday.

Development of the newest version of the MALD-J, known as MALD-X, will be completed in two years, Raytheon said in a statement.

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MALD-X aims to build on the MALD platform and will create an upgrade path for the requirements of MALD-N, a net-enabled decoy jammer for the U.S. Navy.

MALD is a flying vehicle that confuses adversaries by posing as friendly aircraft. It is an expendable flight vehicle that is modular, air-launched and programmable.

It weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range of about 500 nautical miles and a 90-minute endurance.

MALD-J adds radar-jamming capability to the platform.

The MALD-X will involve an improve electronic warfare payload, low-altitude flight and a data link that allows the weapon to communicate with other net enabled systems.

Raytheon received a $118 million contract last month for Lot 9 MALD-J vehicles and support equipment.

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