The Air Force completed operational testing of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer, which resembles the MALD rounds shown here. Raytheon photo
The jammer variant of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy cleared Air Force operational testing, the last major hurdle before the service may declare it ready for use in combat,
announced manufacturer Raytheon. "MALD-J's unique capabilities have been proven in 42 successful flight tests during the last two years and brought us closer to full-rate production," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon’s vice president of air warfare systems, in the company’s April 14 release. The Air Force recently
tasked Raytheon to build 250 MALD-Js during the weapon’s eighth production lot. The company began delivering the jammer variant to the Air Force in 2012. MALD-J adds radar-jamming capability to the basic MALD platform, which is designed to confuse enemy air defenses by duplicating the flight profiles and radar signatures of friendly aircraft. MALD is already
available for combat. It is integrated on the B-52 and the F-16.
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An F-35A Lightning II assigned to Hill AFB, Utah,
conducts a training flight with F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to Kunsan
AB, Republic of Korea, over the city of Gunsan, on Dec. 1, 2017,
in preparation for Vigilant Ace 18.
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