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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Total Production: 1,500
Unitary Cost: USD$125,000
Also Known As: MALD Cargo Air Launched System, MCALS and Miniature Decoy
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon
Parent System: ADM-160 MALD
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Total Production: 2,500
Total Cost: USD$187 million
Family Members: ADM-160C MALD-J, MALD-N and MALD-X
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Description: The ADM-160 MALD, formerly known as the Miniature Decoy, is a family of Miniature Air-Launched Decoy (MALD) designed to protect US fighters and bombers from sophisticated netted air defenses. These decoys are released from both aircraft types and will feature the same Radar Cross Section (RCS) related to fighter- and bomber-sized aircraft. The scope of the MALD program is to deliver decoys that will confuse the enemy by posing as friendly aircraft. The first version developed by Raytheon entered service with the US Air Force in 2008.

The ADM-160B MALD (Miniature Air Launched Decoy) is employed to overwhelm enemy air defenses being fired in swarms, and to disclose enemy radar systems position with fighters following the Miniature Decoy. Once located the enemy radar system, the fighter will proceed against the radar firing an anti-radiation missile in order to destroy the radar. The US Air Force plans call for the procurement of up to 1,500 Miniature Decoys. Flight tests were completed in 2007 with the program transitioning into production in 2008 and final deliveries due in 2011.

ADM-160B MALD Specifications

Length: 3.05 meter
Wingspan: 1.53 meter
Ceiling: 12,192 meter (40,000 foot)
Max Range: 500 nautical mile (926 kilometer)
Top Speed: 309 mps (0.93 mach)
Flight Endurance: 45 minute
Weight: 300 pound (136 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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ADM-160B MALD News

There are 14 news between
16 Jun 2003 and 31 Jul 2018
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018US Air Force Orders Additional MALD Air-Launched Decoy Systems
Tuesday, May 13, 2014Raytheon Delivers 1000th Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer to US Air Force
Wednesday, November 6, 2013B-52 Bomb Bay Upgrade to Increase Smart Weapons Capacity by Half
Wednesday, February 13, 2013MALD Decoy Scheduled for Testing on Remotely Piloted Aircraft
Friday, July 6, 2012MALD-J Jamming Decoy Undergoing Integration onto Super Hornet
Wednesday, May 25, 2011Miniature Air Launched Decoys Successfully Released from C-130 Cargo Aircraft
Monday, May 24, 2010US Air Force Awards Raytheon Lot 3 Contract for More Miniature Air Launched Decoys
Wednesday, March 31, 2010Raytheon Delivers on Miniature Air Launched Decoy Contract
Tuesday, March 17, 2009US Air Force Accepts First Delivery of Miniature Air Launched Decoy
Wednesday, April 9, 2008Raytheon Awarded Contract for Radar-Jamming Variant of Miniature Air Launched Decoy

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