A recent series of successes in the problem-, cost- and delay-plagued AN/ALQ-214 Integrated Defensive Electronics
Countermeasures (IDECM) Radio Frequency Countermeasures (RFCM) system, with its AN/ALE-55 Fiber-Optic Towed Decoy (FOTD), has senior military and industry executives breathing more easily these days.
The RFCM system includes a more advanced decoy and is part of the integrated defensive electronics
countermeasures system being developed for certain Navy and Air Force aircraft.
By simulating these signals, the aircraft's defensive electronics
can be tested on the flight line before take-off.
The Air Force and Northrop remain tight-lipped concerning reported problems in the B-2's defensive electronics
Pilots must be confident that their defensive electronics
are fully functional before a mission.
3 million to maintain and upgrade the AN/ALQ-161 defensive electronics
on the B-1B Bomber.