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ADM-160 MALD decoy missiles were spotted on the Ukrainian MiG-29

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar May22,2024

ADM-160 MALD decoy missiles were spotted on the Ukrainian MiG-29

A photo appeared on the Internet that finally confirms the integration of ADM-160 MALD decoy missiles on the Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter. Although some evidence of MALD use has appeared before, it has not been seen on a Ukrainian Air Force aircraft until now.

The photo in question shows a single-seat MiG-29 from below. One MALD is installed on each of the two inner pylons under the wing. They are within the payload, and there is no other weaponry on the fighter. It is interesting that the transfer of these missiles to Ukraine was not announced.

The photo appeared on Twitter, and bloggers drew attention to the presence of ADM-160 MALD decoy missiles. This small cruise missile is not designed to attack, but to suppress enemy air defenses. The American-made decoy is equipped with an ERB system, a signal amplification subsystem and has folded wings. At launch, the wings deploy and the turbojet propels the rocket along a predetermined course consisting of 100 different waypoints. Such decoys can distract and confuse Russian air defenses, giving Ukrainian missiles a better chance of reaching their targets.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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