The US Navy (USN) has selected BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems to develop a new towed offboard radio frequency (RF) countermeasures system to protect the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft against RF threat radars.
Known as the Dual Band Decoy, the new countermeasure is intended to serve as a replacement for the BAE Systems ALE-55(V) Fiber-Optic Towed Decoy and the Raytheon ALE-50 Advanced Airborne Expendable Decoy systems deployed by the F/A-18E/F. The Dual Band Decoy will incorporate high-band and low-band capabilities.
On 16 May BAE Systems was awarded a USD36.7 million Demonstration of Existing Technologies (DET) contract by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for the demonstration and development of the Dual Band Decoy capability following the evaluation of three offers.
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