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RAF receives BriteCloud expendable active decoy

Leonardo Airborne & Space Systems has begun deliveries of its new BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD) to the UK Royal Air Force (RAF).
Leonardo has begun deliveries of its new BriteCloud EAD to the RAF after the device has initially been cleared for the Tornado GR4.Photo by: Leonardo
Qualified for operational use in conjunction with the RAF’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), the 55 mm diameter BriteCloud device has initially been cleared for the Tornado GR4 aircraft.
Developed by Leonardo over the past five years, BriteCloud is a second-generation expendable digital radio frequency memory (DRFM) jammer device designed to provide fast jet aircraft with effective ‘end game’ protection against advanced radar-guided missile threats and/or tracking radars. The DRFM’s coherent response prevents the threat from detecting the deception as the decoy separates, thereby generating large miss distances and breaking the target lock.