Industry partnership work together to reduce cost for U.S. Air Force decoy

TUCSON, Ariz. Three industry partners – Raytheon, Fokker, and Dallara – announced that they developed a lower-cost carbon fiber airframe for the U.S. Air Force's Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD).

According to company officials they were able to reduce airframe production costs by 25 percent by applying robotics and formula racing technologies. Fokker Technologies helped to adapt robots to wind the carbon fiber fuselage. Dallara applied their technology in Indy car racing to airframe accessories, including covers and air inlets.

"MALD is a cost-efficient, modular system that can protect manned aircraft from the need to engage threats and make stand-off munitions even more lethal," says Scott Muse, Raytheon's MALD programs director.