MALD Decoy

MALD Decoy

Disrupting Enemy Air Defense Systems

The Miniature Air-Launched Decoy, or MALD® decoy, is a low-cost, programmable craft that accurately duplicates the combat flight profiles and signatures of U.S. and allied aircraft.

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MALD® decoy operational scenario and capabilities

The MALD decoy is a flexible and modular system that has the potential to keep aviators and aircraft out of harm’s way. It's an expendable air-launched flight vehicle that looks like a U.S. or allied aircraft to enemy integrated air defense systems, or IADS.

The U.S. and its allies can confuse and deceive enemy IADS by sending a formation of MALD decoys into hostile airspace. Weighing less than 300 pounds, the weapon has a range of approximately 500 nautical miles (575 statute miles). After it is launched from its host aircraft, the MALD decoy flies a preprogrammed mission.

In addition to protecting valuable aircraft, the weapon offers counter-air operations to neutralize air defense systems that pose a threat to U.S. and allied pilots.


The MALD-J decoy is the jammer variant of the basic decoy, and the first ever stand-in jammer to enter production. The unmanned MALD-J decoy navigates and operates much closer to the victim radar than conventional electronic warfare when jamming the electronics, allowing aviators and aircraft to stay out of harm’s way. And, it is able to loiter in the target area for an extended time period – plenty of time to complete the mission.

The weapon can operate alone or in pairs, but is designed to work with and leverage other electronic warfare platforms.

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