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Boeing supports Air Force launch of electronic jammer

Boeing Wichita had a role in the first powered launch by the U.S. Air Force of an electronic jammer from a B-52 Stratofortress.

The Air Force’s launch of a Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer, or MALD-J, from a B-52 happened earlier this month over the Gulf of Mexico at the Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., test range, Boeing announced. The test was successful, it said.

Boeing designed the avionics software onboard the B-52 that controls and launches the Raytheon-built MALD-J.

“The software functioned exactly as we designed,” Boeing’s B-52 program director Scot Oathout said in a statement. “We were able to power up the MALD, send the mission through the interface and verify that the data was properly received.”