Saturday, May 18, 2024

Ukraine gets US-made ADM-160 decoys

Pro-Kremlin media reported that Ukraine launched two cruise missiles at Russian-occupied Luhansk on Friday, May 12th

Images appeared on the social media platform Telegram, showing what appears to be the wreckage of an ADM-160 Miniature Air-Launched Decoy, or MALD. It is a U.S. missile designed to use in suppressing enemy air defenses.

MALD is a programmable, low-cost, modular, autonomous flight vehicle that mimics U.S. or allied aircraft to confuse enemy Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS).


Operators send a formation of the MALD decoys into hostile airspace. The flexible, modular systems fly a preprogrammed mission that protects allied aircraft while confusing enemy-integrated air defense systems. Each craft weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range of around 500 nautical miles.

Previously, there were no reports about deliveries of these systems to Ukraine.

Ukraine demonstrates phenomenal results of interaction of examples of precision weapons into its old platforms. Earlier, it became known about the integration of AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles on MiG-29 fighter jets and Zuni unguided rockets on Su-25 attack aircraft.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more