Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1996
Total Production: 29,000
Unitary Cost: USD$22,800
Also Known As: Little Buddy
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon
Parent System: AN/ALE-50
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1996
Total Production: 32,000
Total Cost: USD$500 million
Family Members: AN/ALE-55
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Description: The AN/ALE-50 towed decoy system was developed by Raytheon to protect multiple US military aircraft from radar-guided missiles. The ALE-50 consists of a launch controller, launcher and towed decoy. It can be used on a variety of platforms without modification. When deployed, the ALE-50's expendable aerial decoy is towed behind the aircraft. 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. ALE-50 has countered both surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles. Currently, the ALE-50 is installed on F-16s aircraft and is planned for installation on B-1B bombers and F/A-18 aircraft. The ALE-55 is a derivative of the ALE-50 would be the production decoy installed on B-1B bombers.

The US Department of Defense has already ordered 20,891 ALE-50 towed decoys for integration on US Air Force and US Navy aircraft fleet (F-16, F/A-18 and B-1B). Final deliveries of Lot 8 decoys are due in September 2006. The ALE-50 decoy has an estimated value of $22,000 each. Raytheon company received the ALE-50 decoy Lot 9 production contract on April 18, 2005. The US Air Force (1,249) and the US Navy (245) will take delivery of 1494 decoys through July 2007. Including this order, the number of ALE-50s ordered by the US armed services at this point tops off 22,495 units. In May 2006, Raytheon announced that it had delivered more than 20,000th ALE-50 decoy systems to the United States Air Force so far. These towed decoys were integrated and declared operational aboard the US Air Force F-16 and B-1B aircraft and the US Navy F/A-18 aircraft. In late August 2006 (8/30/2006), Raytheon was awarded ALE-50 lot 10 production contract worth $21 million for 862 decoys to be delivered to the US Air Force through September 2008.

AN/ALE-50 Applications

Combat Aircraft B-1B Lancer F-16C Block 50 F-16C Block 52 F-16D Block 50 F-16D Block 52 F/A-18C Hornet F/A-18D Hornet Protection Systems AN/ALQ-184(V)9

AN/ALE-50 Specifications

Service Life: 10 year
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AN/ALE-50 News

There are 7 news between
7 Jun 2007 and 28 Oct 2019
Monday, October 28, 2019Raytheon to Develop Dual Band Decoy Demonstrator for US Navy
Tuesday, August 20, 2019FMS: Taiwan Requests Sale of 66 F-16C/D Block 70 Fighter Jets
Tuesday, August 3, 2010FMS: Oman Requests Sale of 18 F-16C/D Block 50/52 Aircraft
Thursday, August 6, 2009FMS: Brazil Seeks 36 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets
Thursday, May 14, 2009Raytheon Secures Contract for Production of ALE-50 Towed Decoys
Thursday, October 16, 2008Raytheon Receives Contract for Production of 1,048 ALE-50 Towed Decoys
Thursday, June 7, 2007Raytheon Receives ALE-50 Decoy Lot 11 Production Contract

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America29,000
Produced for the US Navy and US Air Force

Grand Total 29,0001
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