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BAE Systems lands contract for protective decoys

NASHUA — BAE Systems has been awarded a $28.2 million contract from the U.S. Navy for production of 262 decoys designed to protect military jets from radar-guided missiles.

The decoys, about the size of a large airplane model, are towed behind carrier-based fighter jets and work with the jet's electronic warfare systems to jam radar-seeking devices in air-to-air missiles. The decoys can also lure incoming missiles away from their target.

The contract, announced on Nov. 28, also calls for 70 electronic frequency converters that are part of the decoy system.

BAE in Nashua began full-rate production of the U.S. Navy AN/ALE-55 fiber-optic towed decoy in October, 2011 as part of a $36.7 million development contract.

More than 80 percent of the work on the decoys and frequency converters will be performed in Nashua, with the remaining work split between Mountain View, Calif., and Chelmsford, Essex, England, with an expected completion date in November 2015.

The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority.

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