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The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon a $34.8 million contract to upgraded their electronic warfare capabilities for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer missile (MALD-J). Development of the new version of the MALD-J, called MALD-X, will be completed in 24 months and will culminate in two flight demonstrations.MALD-X will build on the successful MALD platform to demonstrate the advanced electronic warfare capabilities needed today and in the future. It creates an upgrade path for the current MALD-J program of record and meets the requirements for the MALD-N, a net-enabled decoy/jammer for the U.S. Navy.MALD is a flying vehicle that confuses adversaries by posing as friendly aircraft. MALD-X, is a modular weapon designed for the Strategic Capabilities Office under the U.S. Secretary of Defense. It will demonstrate an improved electronic warfare payload, low-altitude flight and a datalink that will allow the weapon to communicate with other net enabled systems.MALD-X will allow the Air Force and Navy to quickly move on to the next generation of MALD, providing a substantial increase in capability and potential mission areas. The program will provide the combatant command with a flexible capability that will address key needs in multiple regions of the world.MALD-X is a uniquely collaborative effort, contracted and managed by the MALD Program Office at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, with program oversight from the SCO and shared technical management by both the Air Force and Navy.MALD is a state-of-the-art, low-cost, expendable flight vehicle that is modular, air-launched and programmable. It weighs less than 300 pounds and has range/endurance of approximately 500 nautical miles and 90 minutes. MALD-J adds radar-jamming capability to the basic MALD platform. MALD confuses enemy air defenses by duplicating friendly aircraft flight profiles and radar signatures. MALD-J maintains all capabilities of MALD and adds jamming capabilities.
If the Sports Commission on Broad Street, first expanded for the development of Liberian basketball by Cletus S. Wortoson, will fulfill its major objective, then somebody somewhere at the Ministry of Youth & Sports should be speaking.And fast, too.For since unsuccessful attempts to secure leaders for the Liberia Basketball Federation, the outgoing administration has continued to rent the Commission and no one is speaking about what is being done with the money.That was the position of a group of aggrieved basketball stakeholders who granted an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday.“We are supposed to develop basketball,” a spokesman told the Daily Observer, “and since the Ministry of Youth & Sports has remained mute on what should happen to basketball, someone is doing business with the Sports Commission.”He said, “And no one is asking questions.”A source at the Liberia Basketball Association told the Daily Observer that the outgoing administration, under Rufus Anderson is handling all business transactions with interested performers and churches.“The current program is from March 23-28,” posters printed by the church reported to save souls for Christ.“We are supposed to play basketball at the Sports Commission and since we are unable to reach a common ground and the Ministry of Sports is also not helping the process, basketball must suffer,” said an angry basketball player.He said the Ministry of Youth & Sports must set out clear instructions to all those interested to develop basketball without fear or favor.“If the outgoing officials don’t seem to agree with aggrieved stakeholders on the way forward and vice versa,” he said, “the Ministry must look into it and make the right decision for basketball.”So while the leadership crisis is lingering, the LBA administration continues to rent the Sports Commission, and aggrieved stakeholders are asking, “What is happening to the money?”Though no official source could confirm what was being done with the money, a young man who refused to identify himself yesterday informed the Daily Observer that “Everything is being done by Mr. Anderson and his team.”“All I know is that Mr. Anderson is handling matters concerning the Sports Commission’s rentals,” he added. Though with the inactive action of the Ministry of Youth & Sports to make it happen, many observers are wondering how long the fate of basketball will be allowed to hang in a balance.Someone yesterday suggested churches having programs at the Sports Commission must pray to redeem basketball.A telephone contact to the Ministry of Youth responded, “The Ministry is not overlooking the basketball situation and will come down with a decision very soon.”But how soon, is what many observers may want to know to get basketball into the hands of those who are prepared to die for its development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)