Air-Launched Weapons

MALD-N programme transitions into TMRR phase, splits off jammer payload

02 October 2018

The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has funded Raytheon Missile Systems for technical maturation and risk reduction (TMRR) of the Miniature Air-Launched Decoy-Navy (MALD-N) air vehicle, but is keeping options open on the final choice of electronic attack (EA) payload.

The ADM-160B MALD was originally developed for the US Air Force (USAF) as a low-cost, programmable air vehicle able to accurately emulate the combat-flight profiles and signatures of US and allied aircraft. The enhanced ADM-160C MALD-J introduced an EA payload to enable stand-in jamming.

MALD-N, which evolved from the MALD-J system and will benefit from the recent MALD-X capability demonstrator programme, is intended to meet US Navy’s (USN’s) needs for a network-enabled stand-in jammer to support suppression of enemy air defences.

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