Pentagon announces flight tests of new decoy plane

Published August 24, 2018, 10:03 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Agence France-Presse

The US military has successfully tested a new generation of flying decoy that tricks an enemy’s air defenses into thinking it is a US or allied aircraft, the Pentagon said Thursday.

In this March 27, 2008 file photo, the Pentagon is seen in this aerial view in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File / MANILA BULLETIN)
The Pentagon is seen in this aerial view in Washington.
(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File / MANILA BULLETIN)

Known by its acronym MALD-X, the Miniature Air Launch Decoy confuses enemy air defenses by duplicating friendly aircraft flight profiles and radar signatures, according to manufacturers Raytheon, who in 2016 won a $34.8 million contract to develop the technology.

In a statement, the Pentagon said developers successfully completed a series of flight demonstrations on August 20 and 22 at Point Mugu in California.

The decoy builds on previous MALD iterations that can jam an enemy’s electronics.

 
CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP
 

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

["news"]
[2513548,2814292,2534630,2485825,2408462,2358243,2358052,2344118,2339143,2047660,1998697,996820,995332,995948,995006,994327,994303,993947,993860,993770,993529,993383,993285,798318,2875117,2875093,2875099,2875108,2875096,2875124]