The US Navy awarded BAE Systems a $36.7 million contract for demonstration and development of the Dual Band Decoy capability. BAE Systems will demonstrate a new Dual Band towed decoy to help US Navy F/A-18E/F jet fighter-bomber pilots avoid modern sophisticated enemy radar-guided anti-aircraft missiles.
The Dual Band Decoy towed decoy project was launched in June last year. It seeks to meet an urgent Navy need to protect crews of area-penetrating attack jets like the Super Hornets from enemy radar-guided missiles that operate on two separate frequencies, such as X-band and S-band.
The Dual Band Decoy capability will leverage existing and projected contractor technologies and expand capabilities relative to the currently fielded Integrated Defense Electronic Countermeasures AN/ALE-55 Fiber Optic Towed Decoy and AN/ALE-50 Advanced Airborne Expendable Decoy used on the F/A-18E/F aircraft. Work will take place in Nashua, New Hampshire and is scheduled to be completed in August 2021.