In addition, the Navy in December 2002 signed a $22-million contract with developer Israel Military Industries (Ramat Hasharon, Israel) for another 140 ITALDs, which will be delivered in January 2004.
In 2000 five TALDS were upgraded with GPS capability, but the ITALDs received in January are the first that are ready for use in the field.
Hogan declined comment on whether these ITALDs may be used in the event of a US-led assualt against Iraq, except to say that they "will be available lust as any other asset is for deployment when and if called upon."
The US Navy is currently negotiating with Israel Military Industries (Ramat Hasharon, Israel) for the retrofit of a GPS navigational system to its ADM-141C Improved Tactical Air Launched Decoys (ITALDs
Newer free-fliers, such as the ITALD
and MALD, are benefiting from advances in miniaturization and computer technology, which allow them to not only electronically mimic a great variety of aircraft, but to be used as autonomous electronic countermeasures units, jamming and otherwise disrupting enemy electronic defense over wide areas.
The ITALD, which the Navy initially procured from what was Brunswick Defense, is now being provided by Israel Military Industries.
Along with the addition of GPS guidance to the ITALD, NAWCAD is also a preplanned product improvement to enhance the decoy's engines for increased reliability and lower manufacturing costs.
can also be employed as an antiradiation missile or an expendable RPV equipped with sensors to provide real-time intelligence.
Launched from high altitude, the TALD has a range of approximately 70 nm, whereas ITALD
's range is approximately 150 nm when launched from sea level.