Weapon Wednesday – BriteCloud Missile Decoy System

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The BriteCloud missile decoy system is being tested on RAF Typhoons
The BriteCloud missile decoy system is being tested on RAF Typhoons(Credit: Leonardo Aerospace)

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has begun testing the latest version of the BriteCloud missile decoy on its Typhoon fighter aircraft. At the Typhoon Ministerial Meeting in Germany, British Defence minister Stuart Andrew revealed that the disposable soda-can-sized anti-radar electronics packages began testing in April by the RAF’s 41 Test and Evaluation Squadron based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire.

Designed and built by Leonardo Aerospace in Luton, Bedfordshire, Britecloud is a line of expendable anti-missile decoys. With mission programmable electronics packages, the small canisters come in a number of variants to fit different aircraft. Each canister has spring-loaded airfoils and contains a miniaturized radio-frequency (RF) jamming module.

When an enemy missile locks onto an aircraft, the pilot ejects the decoy through the aircraft’s flare dispenser and it sends out an intense electromagnetic signal that blinds the incoming missile radar to the aircraft and draws it off target.

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