MALD-J navigation system flight test demonstrates performance in GPS jamming environment

TUCSON, Ariz. U.S. Air Force and Raytheon officials validated the performance of the GPS Aided Inertial Navigation System (GAINS II) for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer (MALD-J) in six flight tests from B-52 and F-16 aircraft at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

The system upgrade includes a multi-element GPS controlled assembly. Officials say, the technology improves MALD-J navigation performance in a GPS jamming environment. Improvements and efficiencies within the design helped to reduce II unit costs as well.

Engineers at the Space and Airborne Systems facility in El Segundo, California supported the design work for GAINS II, while Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona supplied systems engineering, integration, and testing. Raytheon is now producing and delivering MALD-J systems with the upgraded navigation.

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