Leonardo has introduced new BriteCloud 218 anti-missile countermeasure at the Electronic Warfare Europe event in London, UK, this year.
The launch follows successful trials of the new version of BriteCloud decoy with the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) F-16 fighter aircraft.
During recent live trials, the device was fitted directly into the F-16’s standard flare dispenser.
The RDAF F-16 dispensed BriteCloud 218 in response to being locked onto by a real radar-guided surface to air missile targeting system, Leonardo stated.
As part of the trial, Leonardo collected performance data that is required to complete the adaptation of the BriteCloud hardware and software into the new, smaller, 218 format.
The model has been designed to be compatible with aircraft that use standard-sized flare cartridges, such as the widely operated F-16 and F-15.
Leonardo also tested the BriteCloud 55-model decoy with the British Royal Air Force’s Tornado aircraft.
The BriteCloud 55 is offered by Saab as an electronic warfare option on all models of its Gripen fighter aircraft.
It is a compact radio-frequency device that can be launched to counter radar-guided missiles.
It generates electronic emissions that create a ‘false target’ and draw enemy missiles away from the real aircraft.
The model's on-board computer uses the latest electronic warfare frequency-spoofing techniques to protect pilots from even the most sophisticated modern missiles.
Image: The launch of BriteCloud 218 follows a trial of the system with the Royal Danish Air Force on one of its F-16 aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Leonardo – Società per azioni.