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Leonardo’s BriteCloud EAD selected for ANG testing

17th May 2019 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Leonardo’s BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD) has been selected by the US Department of Defense for evaluation by the US Air National Guard (ANG), the company announced on 13 May.

The ANG will evaluate BriteCloud as it is launched from countermeasure dispensers installed on US Air Force ANG aircraft. ANG F-16 jets will dispense BriteCloud rounds, demonstrating their ability to enhance F-16 survivability  in a variety of challenging scenarios.

BriteCloud is a compact, self-contained radio-frequency countermeasure system that is launched by combat aircraft pilots to defeat attacks from radar-guided missiles.

BriteCloud is effective against advanced radar-guided threat systems. By completely separating from its host aircraft and falling away, the decoy improves aircraft survivability by guiding the incoming missile away from the aircraft.

The trials could lead to BriteCloud entering service with the US Air Force Air Combat Command and other US services.

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