Aaron George, was executing a barrel roll to keep the aircraft within optimum photography range of the MALD
when his plane crashed in a remote area about 30 miles east of the China Lake Naval Warfare Center near Ridgecrest.
The F-15E does not currently have the RWR to make this vision a reality In fact, no US combat aircraft has the sensor array described above; the MALD
is not fielded; and the small, unattended sensors described do not exist.
As a major supplier of micro-electronic components used in the MALD
program, (see Raytheon Press Release: http://raytheon.
According to Gloria Cales, spokeswoman for the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the primary differences between the original concept and the latest MALD
iteration are to be greater endurance/range performance and the inclusion of jammer capabilities.
will be 92 inches long, six inches in diameter and will weigh 98 pounds - about the size of the air-to-air missiles carried under the wings of fighter jets.
In fact, no US combat aircraft has the sensor array described above, and the MALD
is not yet fielded.
Papers will cover EA-6BICAP III, Compass Call, MALD
, Aircraft Self Protect/SA, IDECM, Towed Decoys, PLAID, and Vivid Pointer.
is a low-cost, air-launched programmable missile that accurately duplicates the combat flight profiles and signatures of U.
An entry in the DARPA Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD), the goal of the MALD
program is to produce a first run of 3,000 small but capable, lo w-cost, expendable, air-launched decoys for less than $30,000 Average Unit Flyaway Price (AUFP).
-X is a combined initiative of the Air Force, Navy, Special Capabilities Office at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Eglin Air Force Bases MALD
development is being funded by DARPA in response to a mission-needs statement from the USAF Air Combat Command (Langley AFB, VA).
-X will build on MALD
platform to demonstrate the advanced electronic warfare capabilities needed today and in the future," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon vice president of Air Warfare Systems.