Raytheon Upgrades Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer with Anti-Jam Capabilities

Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force have validated performance of an upgraded navigation system for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer (MALD-J) in six flight tests for B-52 and F-16 aircrafts at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The upgraded system designated as GAINS II (GPS Aided Inertial Navigation System), includes an enhanced multi-element GPS controlled antenna assembly. This new technology improves MALD-J navigation performance in a GPS jamming environment while also reducing operational costs.

MALD is a state-of-the-art, low-cost expendable flight vehicle that is modular, air-launched and programmable. It weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range of approximately 500 nautical miles. MALD-J adds radar-jamming capability to the basic MALD platform.

  • MALD confuses enemy air defenses by duplicating friendly aircraft flight profiles and radar signatures.
  • MALD-J maintains all capabilities of MALD and adds jamming capabilities.

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, California supported the design work for GAINS II, while Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona, supplied systems engineering, integration and testing. Raytheon is now producing and delivering MALD-J systems with the upgraded navigation.