Raytheon Company has received a $25 million award from the U.S.
Air Force Electronic Warfare Product Group, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Ga., for towed decoys and an associated engineering task supporting the Air Force’s ALE-50 towed decoy system. The award represents the sixth production lot of ALE-50 equipment being provided to the U.S. Air Force and Navy as part of an original contract that began in December 1996.
The Lot 6 award calls for 985 towed decoys for U.S. Air Force and Navy aircraft. Equipment acquired by the Lot 6 award will be delivered through September 2004. The award also includes an option to exercise the Lot 7 production contract by March 2003. Completion of the Lot 6 program will bring the total number of decoys produced by Raytheon to 16,725.
Towed decoy systems provide significantly enhanced aircraft survivability by acting as a preferential target for many types of missile threats. Raytheon’s ALE-50 system has played a key role in aircraft self-protection for several military conflicts. Work on the towed decoy system is being done in Goleta, Calif. by the company’s Electronic Warfare Systems organization.