The Air Force is anticipating that the jammer variant of its Miniature Air Launched Decoy will receive the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s blessing this summer to enter production, according to recently released budget documents accompanying the service’s Fiscal 2012 spending proposal. Accordingly, Air Force officials have requested funding for MALD-J production in the service’s Fiscal 2012 budget request, in addition to continued funding to buy more of the baseline MALD, states USAF’s newly unveiled 2011 posture statement (caution, large-sized file). The service is also requesting funding next fiscal year for the development of the MALD-J increment II system. MALD is designed to fool enemy air defenses by replicating the flight signatures of various combat aircraft. The decoy has already entered the Air Force’s inventory. The jammer configuration is designed to disrupt enemy air defense radar. Raytheon is the supplier. (For background on MALD, read Time to Be Fooled from the Daily Report archives)
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.