The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon a potential $34.8 million contract to demonstrateÂ anÂ updatedÂ electronic warfare technologyÂ forÂ theÂ Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer.
Raytheon said SundayÂ it is scheduled to complete development ofÂ MALD-X, successorÂ of the currentÂ MALD-J model, withinÂ a 24-month period and will conductÂ two flight demonstrations to showcase the aerial decoy’s EW upgrades.
MALD-XÂ will featureÂ anÂ EW payload, a low-altitude flight mode and a datalink, the company noted.
“MALD-X creates an upgrade path for the current MALD-J program of record and meets the requirements for the MALD-N, a net-enabled decoy/jammer for the U.S. Navy,” saidÂ Mike Jarrett, Raytheon vice president of air warfare systems.
Raytheon was awardedÂ a $118.5 million contract byÂ the Air Force in June to manufacture the ninth batch of MALD-JÂ vehicles and support equipment for theÂ service branch.
MALD-XÂ is a collaborative effort of the Air Force, Navy,Â Special Capabilities Office at the Office of the Secretary of Defense andÂ Eglin Air Force Base’s MALD Program Office.
Raytheon designed MALD toÂ duplicate friendly aircraft flight profiles and radar signatures to confuse adversaries.