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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Raytheon, partners develop low-cost, high-tech airframe for U.S. Air Force decoy

ADM-160C MALD-JRaytheon Company, in partnership with Fokker and Dallara, has developed a lower-cost carbon fiber airframe for the U.S. Air Force's Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) by applying robotics and formula racing technologies.

The three companies reduced airframe production costs by 25 percent. The new innovative composite design will be included in this year's Lot 7 production.

"MALD is a cost-efficient, modular system that can protect manned aircraft from the need to engage threats and make stand-off munitions even more lethal," said Scott Muse, Raytheon's MALD programs director. "Driving affordability is a key element of customer success. Through the partnership with Fokker, Dallara and the U.S. Air Force, we delivered MALD's capabilities at a lower price."

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