Decoy contract for Raytheon

Raytheon has received a $29m contract for continued production of its ALE-50 line of towed decoys, which act as target for many types of missiles.


Raytheon has received a $29m contract for continued production of its ALE-50 line of towed decoys.



The award by the 542nd Combat Sustainment Group, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Georgia, represents the eleventh production lot of ALE-50 equipment ordered for the US Air Force and US Navy as part of an original contract that began in December 1996. The Lot 11 contract calls for 934 decoys for the air force and 335 for the navy to be delivered through September 2009.



According to Raytheon, towed decoy systems enhance aircraft survivability by acting as a preferential target for many types of missiles.


Raytheon’s ALE-50 system has played a key role in aircraft self-protection for several military conflicts and is currently operational on F-16, B-1B and F/A-18 aircraft.