US Navy, Raytheon Develop Electronic Attack Payload For UAVs

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US Navy, Raytheon Develop Electronic Attack Payload For UAVs
US Tests New Cerberus Electronic Attack System on Drones

US Navy scientists and the Raytheon have tested their newly developed electronic attack system, CERBERUS, which can be carried on a Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer (MALD-J).

Both have jointly demonstrated captive flights of modular, rapid replacement architecture for electronic warfare (EW) payloads on the air-launched unmanned decoy vehicle.

The four separately developed EW payloads were used in 12 operationally relevant missions, the company announced Wednesday.

Every interchangeable payload was customized for a specific mission and threat. Further, it was exchanged onto the captive carry vehicle within a minute.

The company borrowed technology from IndyCar, or US independent auto racing league, technology to create "swappable" mission capabilities.

"The CERBERUS design is cost-effective and expands MALD capabilities to address new missions and target sets. It's a sensible approach for mitigating payload obsolescence," Naval Research Laboratory Electronic Warfare Strategic Planning Organization head Jeff Heyer said.

Raytheon has carried out four-year program with US Pacific Command and Naval Air Systems Command to develop a payload system that could operate with a rapid interchange structure.

The new system is designed for fast adaptability in the rapidly evolving electronic attack battle space.

CERBERUS adapted the half-turn quick lock developed by Dallara, which produces racing cars. Further, the design was altered to meet aerospace form factors and environmental requirements, Heyer added.

MALD-J is in full rate production for the US Air Force. The US Navy is evaluating development of MALD-N in the near future to conduct stand-in-jamming for their missions.

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