Raytheon has received a $25 million award from the US Air Force Electronic Warfare Product Group, Warner Robins Air Logistics Centre, Georgia, for towed decoys and an associated engineering task supporting the Air Force’s ALE-50 towed decoy system.
The award, which calls for 985 towed decoys, represents the sixth production lot of ALE-50 equipment being provided to the US Air Force and Navy as part of an original contract that began in December 1996.
Equipment acquired by the Lot 6 award will be delivered through September 2004. The award also includes an option to exercise the Lot 7 production contract by March 2003. Completion of the Lot 6 program will bring the total number of decoys produced by Raytheon to 16,725.
The decoy protects the host aircraft and its crew against guided missiles by providing a more attractive radar target and luring RF missiles away from the aircraft and to the decoy.
Work on the towed decoy system is being done in Goleta, California by Raytheon’s Electronic Warfare Systems organisation.