According to August Bickel, the company's VP of business development, the Improved Tactical Air-Launched Decoy
, (ITALD) will have a turbojet engine and updates in its navigation system, including a radar altimeter, enabling it to emulate more closely an attack aircraft's speed and flight performance.
Checkerboard pilots dropped ADM-141 tactical air-launched decoys
for the Harriers to target.
Air Force unit launched BQM-74 target drones and Navy A-6 bombers released tactical air-launched decoys
in support of second-wave F-117 strikes against Baghdad.
Additionally, disposable miniature air-launched decoys, improved tactical air-launched decoys
and legacy drones will aide in saturation.
Just in time for possible use against Iraq, the US Navy in January began receiving 20 Improved Tactical Air-Launched Decoys
(ITALDs) per month that are ready for deployment in the field with the service's F/A-18s.