The SM-50 Magazine converts the ALE-50 RF decoy system into an advanced infrared expendable decoy system. It does this in a flightline configurable manner, in that the only action required to prepare the system for flight, is to install the appropriate magazine (ALE-50 RF decoy or SM-50 IR decoy).
The SM-50 capitalizes on the existing ALE-50 launcher system in three main areas:
1) It uses the ALE-50 chassis to house the SM-50 magazine
2) It uses the ALE-50 conditioned/redundant power and (squib fire) commands sent from the cockpit
3) It passes BIT information through the ALE-50 launch controller back to the cockpit
The SM-50 can be installed in aircraft equipped with ALE-50 decoy dispensers (such as the F-16) with no aircraft modifications. It can be programmed to dispense pyrophoric material continuously or to dispense in bursts of virtually any duration and separation (“patterns”).