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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