The U.S. Air Force has authorized Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems to begin low-rate initial production of a radar-jamming decoy drone.The Air Force exercised a contract option and awarded Raytheon $5 million to produce the Miniature Air-Launched Decoy-J (MALD-J), converting an earlier production order for the baseline, non-jamming MALD model, Raytheon said. With a range of about 575 miles, the jet-powered MALD is launched from aircraft and protects aircrews and their aircraft by mimicking the combat flight profiles and signatures of U.S. and allied aircraft. The MALD-J adds radar-jamming capability. The MALD-J will save lives by allowing commanders to conduct jamming missions without risking manned aircraft and crews, Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon’s warfare systems product line, said in prepared remarks. About 125 Raytheon employees make the MALD, Schulte noted.
By David Wichner, Raytheon to start producing radar-jamming decoy drone, Arizona Daily Star, Nov. 29, 2011