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Air-Launched Weapons

MALD-X stand-in jammer completes free flight testing

24 August 2018

An advanced capability evolution of the Raytheon ADM-160C Miniature Air-Launched Decoy – Jammer (MALD-J) has successfully flown a series of free flight demonstrations on the US Navy’s (USN’s) Point Mugu Sea Range off California.

Known as MALD-X, the initiative is intended to demonstrate capabilities potentially applicable to the USN’s planned MALD-N stand-in jammer, and at the same time establish an upgrade path for the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) existing MALD-J inventory. Flight demonstrations were completed on 20 August and 22 August on the Naval Air Warfare Center’s Point Mugu range.

Raytheon Missile Systems was awarded a USD34.8 million contract by the USAF in March 2016 to deliver the MALD-X demonstrator programme over 24 months.

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