AN/ALE-55  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: ?
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: BAE Systems
Parent System: AN/ALE-50
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1996
Total Production: 25,682
Total Cost: USD$500 million
Family Members: AN/ALE-50
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Description: The AN/ALE-55 fiber optic towed decoy system is being developed by BAE Systems to protect the US Air Force B-1B and the US Navy F/A-18E/F aircraft from radar-guided missiles. It is a derivative of the proven AN/ALE-50 towed decoy. The ALE-55 consists of a launch controller, launcher and fiber optic towed decoy (FOTD). It has the potential be used on a variety of platforms without undergoing major modification.
When deployed, the ALE-55's expendable aerial decoy is towed behind the aircraft using fiber optic. The decoy protects the host aircraft providing a more attractive target and steering the radar-guided missile away from the aircraft and right to the decoy. The long endurance ALE-55 has countered both surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles during development testing.
In August 2005, BAE Systems completed the AN/ALE-55 development testing program on the US Navy's F/A-18E/F platform. Formal development and testing are expected to be conducted by the US Navy until early 2006 when a low rate initial production order would be issued. Under the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) Block 3 program the AN/ALE-55 FOTD will be provided to the US Navy's F/A-18E/F fleet.
In July 2006 BAE Systems announced that had completed design, development and testing of a new deployment and retrieval mechanism for the AN/ALE-55 fiber-optic towed decoy for use on US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle. The same decoy was also slated for deployment on the C-130 aircraft operated by the US Air Force.

AN/ALE-55 Applications


Aircraft Protection Systems AN/ALQ-214 IDECM Long Range Attack Aircraft B-1B Lancer Military Transport Aircraft C-130J Super Hercules Strike & Fighter Aircraft F-15E Strike Eagle F/A-18E Super Hornet F/A-18F Super Hornet

AN/ALE-55 Specifications

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Mission Endurance: 2 hour
Service Life: 10 year
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AN/ALE-55 News

There are 5 news between
7 Feb 2007 and 28 Feb 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013FMS: Australia Wants 12 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and 12 EA-18G Growler Aircraft
Wednesday, September 28, 2011BAE Systems ALE-55 Wins Full Rate Production Contract
Tuesday, June 16, 2009US Navy Awards BAE Systems Production Contract for ALE-55 Countermeasures
Tuesday, June 3, 2008AN/ALE-55 Anti-Missile Decoy Begins Tests on F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
Wednesday, February 7, 2007FMS: Australia Requests Potential Sale of Super Hornet

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