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BAE to Build Navy Missile Decoys; David Logan Comments

Bae systems logo_ExecutiveBizA BAE Systems division has been awarded a $28.2 million contract by the U.S. Navy to develop decoys for guarding fighter-bomber jets from radar-guided missiles, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Sunday.

John Keller writes the electronic systems segment will build 262 AN/ALE-55 fiber optic towed decoys with 70 electronic frequency converters that are intended to protect F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-based jets.

The aircraft-towed decoy is designed as a radio frequency-based countermeasure with onboard electronics to jam radars of air-to-air missiles and bait the anti-aircraft missiles away from targets, the report said.

Company representatives told the website that the AN/ALE-55 is also built to work with other combat planes.

On the other side of the radar coin, BAE is working as a teammate of Raytheon on the Dismounted Detected Radar, which aims to notify soldiers and vehicles of potential threats.

David Logan, BAE’s technology solutions vice president and general manager, said the company’s Ground Moving Target Indicator is built to identify and protect those vehicles ‘in near real-time, day and night.”

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