The U.S. Air Force and Raytheon have conducted six flight tests that validatedÂ the performance of an updated navigation system for a programmable, expendable flight vehicle.
Raytheon said TuesdayÂ B-52 and F-16 aircraft were flownÂ to testÂ the GPS Aided Inertial Navigation SystemÂ IIÂ of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-JammerÂ vehicleÂ at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
GAINS II modifications also includeÂ an updated multi-element GPS controlled antenna assembly, the company noted.
Raytheon’s space and airborne systems business helped designÂ GAINS II while the company’s missile systems unit providedÂ systems engineering, integration and testing supportÂ for the MALD-JÂ navigation system modernization effort.
MALD is designed to confuse enemy air defenses through duplication of friendly aircraft flight profiles and radar signatures.
The vehicle weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range of approximatelyÂ 500 nautical miles, Raytheon said.