Air-Launched Expendable Decoy Nickname “Little Buddy”
RI&S’s ALE-50 is a towed decoy that delivers a critical end-game electronic countermeasure by luring incoming missiles away from the aircraft with a larger radar cross-section. It can be installed and operated on virtually any airborne platform without modification.
Air crews refer to this system as “Little Buddy” because it has combat-proven success saving their lives against radio frequency (RF) missile threats in multiple theaters.
Countermeasure protection against air-to-air missiles and surface-to-air missiles over a wide frequency spectrum
F-16 Fighting Falcon
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
Operational: U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and international partners
More than 25,000 units delivered
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RI&S’s ALQ-249 is an advanced electronic attack system that denies, disrupts and degrades enemy technology, including communication tools and air-defense systems.