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The active LEONARDO decoys BriteCloud - the world's first and currently only decoys with DRFM technology that fits into a standard chaff and flare dispenser and has proven to be effective in real conditions - arouses great interest. A number of nations are testing the product, including the United States. The US Air National Guard is conducting tests on the F-16 flight patterns.

"BriteCloud is a next-generation RF decoy that can protect aircraft from the latest radar-based threats while also being an economical upgrade as it fits right into an aircraft's existing countermeasure system and does not require expensive platform integration," said Rob Laidlar, Head of Campaigns at Leonardo.

BriteCloud is designed and manufactured in the UK and has already been put into service by the Royal Air Force. BriteCloud is available internationally, making it a valuable option for protecting aircraft platforms around the world.

“Customers are looking for the best possible protection against modern threats,” says Laidlar, noting: “BriteCloud uses DRFM (Digital Radio Frequency Memory) jamming technology, which has been recognized as the 'gold standard' for protection against radar-controlled ground-to-air and air-to-air Missiles applies. "

BriteCloud – Aktiver Schutz gegen moderne Bedrohungen
BriteCloud 218 (left) is based on the BriteCloud 55, which is slightly larger and compatible with round 55mm flare dispensers like those of the Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab Gripen and has already been put into service by the British Royal Air Force.
(Photo: Leonardo)

The DRFM technology enables BriteCloud to detect and process incoming radar signals and to send out a deceptively real electronic “ghost signal” that causes the radar-guided threats to follow the decoy instead of the aircraft. Leonardo prides itself on being the only company in the world that has succeeded in miniaturizing this technology so that it fits into a standard chaff and flare dispenser.

BriteCloud was developed in collaboration with the Rapid Capability Office of the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and received approval for operational use in the RAF's Panavia Tornado fighter aircraft before this type was decommissioned in early 2019. Work is currently underway to introduce the 55mm cylindrical version of BriteCloud to the RAF's Eurofighter Typhoon fleet.

This 55mm version of the BriteCloud is suitable for a wide variety of platforms, including unmanned systems and guided missiles. The BriteCloud 218 variant is compatible with any platform that uses standard 2x1x8 inch dispensers, including the F-15 and F-16 aircraft. BriteCloud was recently tested in partnership with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., taking off from the MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle.

Because of BriteCloud's unique capabilities, the US Department of Defense selected the decoys for the US Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) program, which could result in BriteCloud being used with the United States Air Force (USAF) Air Combat Command and other US forces is used. The US Air National Guard directs the FCT, in which BriteCloud is evaluated on F-16 aircraft of the US Air Force ANG. The trials will prove that BriteCloud is able to significantly improve the survivability of F-16 aircraft.