C4iSR: Air

RAF trials BriteCloud decoy from Typhoon

23 May 2019

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed the first trials of the BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD) from a Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 multirole fighter.

The MoD announced on 23 May that the first such trials took place in the United Kingdom in April. A total of 33 BriteCloud 55 rounds (launched from existing 55 mm flare dispensers) were dispensed from fighters flown by the RAF’s 41 Test and Evaluation Squadron against a range of representative radio-frequency (RF)-guided threats.

Further BriteCloud trials are now planned in support of operational testing and validation. An initial operating capability on the RAF’s Typhoons is planned for later in 2019.

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