OVERVIEW: The AN/ALE-39 Counter Measure Dispenser System (CMDS) is an airborne countermeasures system designed to protect tactical aircraft and helicopters against missile and radar-directed AAA threats.
DETAILS: The AN/ALE-39 decoy dispensing system gives an aircraft the capability to dispense chaff, flares or expendable jammers such as POET or GEN-X. The AN/ALE-39 is used in conjunction with the AN/AAR-47 Missile Approach Warning System (MAWS). The MAWS warns of missile threat and automatically initiates a flare ejection from the CMDS. The CMDS is pre-programed to deploy a fixed number (up to 20) of decoys on demand and has a capacity of 60 decoys. A manual deployment mode is also available.
NOTES: Production began in October 1973. Has been installed on A-6, AV-8B, EA-6B, ES-3A, F-14, F/A-18, S-3B and SH-2F/G aircraft. Replaced by the AN/ALE-47.
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