Air Force exercises $76 million option on Raytheon aerial decoy jammer contract

TUCSON, Ariz. Raytheon Missile Systems has secured a contract from the U.S. Air Force to continue production of vehicles and support equipment for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J), a low-cost, air-launched programmable craft that can deceive opponents' radars and air-defense systems by duplicating all combat flight profiles and aircraft radar signatures.

The unmanned MALD-J navigates and operates much closer than conventional (EW) to the target when jamming the electronics, allowing aviators and aircraft to stay out of harm's way. Work related to this deal -- valued at $76.1 million -- is expected to be completed by June 30, 2020.

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