The US Navy (USN) has selected BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems and Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems to develop a new towed offboard radio frequency (RF) countermeasures system to protect the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighter 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 Super Hornet. The Dual Band Decoy will incorporate both high-band and low-band capabilities.
BAE Systems was awarded a USD36.7 million Demonstration of Existing Technologies (DET) contract by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on 16 May for the demonstration and development of the Dual Band Decoy capability following the evaluation of three offers.
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