New RF Decoy Countermeasure to be Developed for U.S. Navy Jets

The Dual Band Decoy (DBD) is an advanced radio frequency (RF) countermeasure that uses the latest jamming technology to disrupt enemy radars and lure missiles away from fighter jets By Joseph Macey / 20 May 2024
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BAE Systems has been selected by the U.S. Navy to develop Dual Band Decoy (DBD), an advanced radio frequency (RF) countermeasure.

DBD is an RF self-protection jammer that shields fighter jets from enemy attacks. The jammer consists of a towed unit connected by fiber-optic cable to electronic warfare equipment onboard the aircraft.

The decoy delivers the latest jamming technology to disrupt enemy radars and lure missiles away from the aircraft. DBD can be launched by the pilot or automatically in response to threats, offering critical protection in highly contested airspace.

Don Davidson, Director of the Advanced Compact Electronic Warfare Solutions product line at BAE Systems, said; “With Dual Band Decoy, we are building on the ALE-55’s years of mission success as a high-powered jamming system. Dual Band Decoy delivers broad capability that can be installed on a variety of aircraft and is upgradeable to address future threats.”

Dual Band Decoy incorporates the company’s custom integrated circuits, enabling higher performance and more capability with reduced size, weight, and power. DBD is an integral part of BAE Systems’ Intrepid Shield™ approach to creating a protective sphere around platforms in highly contested battlespaces using the full electromagnetic spectrum to detect, exploit, and counter advanced threats.

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