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Dallara Takes Off with U.S Military

05 Mar 2012

It has been revealed that the Italian constructor is also involved in aerospace and defence work at its new United States factory in Indianapolis. The company is working with the Raytheon company on providing parts for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) project, which is a low-cost, air-launched programmable craft that is designed to confuse defenders by accurately duplicating the combat flight profiles and signatures of U.S and allied aircraft.

Dallara has worked with Raytheon to develop a concept model that could lead to a quick-change electronic warfare payload. The concept is based on the way IndyCar front wing assemblies are changed. After it is launched from its host transport aircraft, MALD flies a preprogrammed mission and, according to program representatives, this quick-change nose will allow greater flexibility in selecting electronic warfare packages as needs arise, supporting their slogan of “our truck, your payload.”

The MALD-J is in production for delivery this year, and Dallara officials expect its Speedway Indiana facility, which supports the new IZOD IndyCar Series chassis program, to be fully functional by the end of March.

“We have to be ready for the start of the championship at the end of March, and this means being prepared to manufacture, repair and distribute spare parts for the cars, as well as providing technical support," said Stefano de Ponti, CEO of Dallara USA.

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