Raytheon Will Conducts a Demonstration of Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures Used on the F/A-18E/F Aircraft

WALTHAM (BM) – Raytheon will conducts a demonstration of Integrated defensive electronic countermeasures AN/ALE-55 Fiber Optic Towed Decoy and AN/ALE-50 Advanced Airborne Expendable Decoy used on the F/A-18E/F aircraft, learmed BulgarianMilitary.com, according U.S. Department of Defense.

Work will be performed in Goleta, California, and is expected to be completed in September 2021.

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Raytheon has been awarded totaling a $32.9 million contract with the Department of defense of The U.S to perform these tests.

The ALE-55 is an RF countermeasure designed to protect an aircraft from radar guided missiles. It consists of an aircraft-towed decoy and onboard electronics. It works together with the aircraft’s electronic warfare system to provide radar jamming. In addition, it can also be used in a backup mode as a signal repeater, which allows it to lure incoming missiles away from their actual target. It is currently in use with the F/A-18E/F Super hornet, but can be adapted to a wide variety of platforms with minimal modification.

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The AN/ALE-50 towed decoy system is an anti-missile countermeasures decoy system used on multiple U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps aircraft, and by certain non-United States air forces. The ALE-50 system consists of a launcher and launch controller installed on the aircraft (usually on a wing pylon), and one or more expendable towed decoys. Each decoy is delivered in a sealed canister and has a ten-year shelf life.

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When deployed, the decoy is towed behind the host aircraft, protecting the aircraft and its crew against RF-guided missiles by luring the missile toward the decoy and away from the intended target. In both flight tests and actual combat, the ALE-50 has successfully countered numerous live firings of both surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles. U.S. military pilots have nicknamed the decoy “Little Buddy”.

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Source: Wikipedia, U.S. DoD