Raytheon to integrate Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) on Remotely Piloted Aircraft platform

Raytheon to integrate Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) on Remotely Piloted
                              Aircraft platform

PR Newswire

TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 13, 2013

TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) are working together to
develop a highly autonomous, unmanned electronic warfare capability based on
equipping GA-ASI's Predator^® B/MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)
with Raytheon's Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD^®). With the Ground
Verification Test phase completed November 2012 at GA-ASI's Gray Butte Flight
Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., integration of MALD^® on the aircraft
is estimated to conclude in 2013.

"This new offering provides unprecedented electronic warfare capability
enabling remote, unmanned suppression of enemy air defenses," said Harry
Schulte, vice president of Air Warfare Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems.
"Integrating MALD weaponry on remotely piloted aircraft systems is integral to
maintaining air superiority in today's and tomorrow's conflicts." 

When employed, MALD confuses the target integrated air defense system (IADS),
and then kinetic weaponry is selectively employed to permanently disable IADS
nodes, dramatically increasing electronic attack persistence in the

About MALD and MALD-J
MALD is a state-of-the-art, low-cost flight vehicle that is modular,
air-launched and programmable. It weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range
of approximately 500 nautical miles. MALD protects aircraft and their crews by
duplicating the combat flight profiles and signatures of U.S. and allied
aircraft. MALD-J adds radar-jamming capability to the basic MALD platform.

  oMALD confuses enemy air defenses by duplicating friendly aircraft flight
    profiles and radar signatures.
  oMALD-J encompasses all capabilities of MALD and adds jamming capabilities.
  oRaytheon began delivery of MALD-Js in the fall of 2012.

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a
history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art
electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas
of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence
systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is
headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at
www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.

Note to Editors
Predator^® is a registered trademark of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems,

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