C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

US Air National Guard to trial BriteCloud expendable active decoy

12 May 2019

The US Air National Guard (ANG) will trial the Leonardo BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD) under the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) programme.

Announcing the move at the Electronic Warfare (EW) Europe conference in Stockholm on 13 May, the UK-based EW business of Leonardo said the FCT would involve testing of the BriteCloud 218 variant from the ANG F-16 aircraft.

BriteCloud is a compact, self-contained expendable digital radio frequency memory (DRFM) jammer designed to provide fast jet aircraft with effective 'endgame' protection against advanced RF-guided, air-to-air, and surface-to-air missile threats and/or tracking radars. After ejection, the BriteCloud decoy searches and locks onto the highest priority threat.

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