A recent test between Leonardo, Airbus and the German test company IABG has proven the effectiveness of Leonardo’s BriteClud 218 lure in deceiving modern missiles that use guidance systems based on semi-active radar (SAR) devices. The test, which was attended by representatives of the German armed forces, involved launching BriteCloud 218 countermeasures from a remote-controlled Airbus test aircraft to prove their ability to disrupt the missile control system of modern missiles.
During the flight, the unmanned Airbus RPATS aircraft launched several BriteCloud 218 decoys from a countermeasure dispenser, a miniaturized electronic device that generates fake aircraft radar signatures to mislead the radar guided missile away from its target. It is also a miniaturized device that can be incorporated into standardized countermeasure launchers, replacing the less effective metal baits.
The test also demonstrated the suitability of this solution for protecting unmanned aircraft, assets of increasing size that can also be attacked by missiles. With a 2 x 1 inch section and 8 (hence the name) in length, it can be used in launch vehicles such as the well-known AN / ALE-47, enhancing the capabilities of aircraft such as the F-15 or F-16
Currently, the United States National Area Guard is running a test of BriteCloud 218 (Foreign Comparative Testing or FCT) so it can be adopted, as it did with the original BriteCloud 55 countermeasure, which is compatible with the Eurofighter Typhoon launchers is and Saab Gripen and on duty in the British Royal Air Force (RAF) typhoons.
Photo: The advanced lure BriteCloud 218 (Leonardo)
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