EW Europe 2018: Leonardo Introduces BriteCloud 55-T Decoy

Larger ‘radar ghost’ for Larger Transport Aircraft

At EW Europe in Lausanne on 5 June, Leonardo announced the latest variant of its BriteCloud missile decoy family, the 55-T, aimed at the protection of large transport aircraft such as the C27-J, C-130, KC-390 and A400M. The 55-T, in final development and available for delivery from early 2019, will join the existing BriteCloud 55 and 218 variants, which protect fighter aircraft.

The size of a drinks can, BriteCloud uses a miniaturised RF jamming module to decoy radar-guided missiles. The 55, extensively tested by the Royal Air Force (and recently cleared for combat operations by the service), gave Leonardo a wealth of experience on which to base further development. The 55-T benefits from further success in miniaturisation and generates the larger ‘ghost’ required to seduce even advanced missiles away from larger transport aircraft.

BriteCloud is a breakthrough technology, with Leonardo currently the only provider of DRFM expendable active decoy technology worldwide. The company is in active discussions with export customers to provide the technology to global customers. Designed and manufactured in Luton, UK, BriteCloud is readily exportable, with the 55 and 218 variants compatible with the majority of combat aircraft types. As the launch partner for BriteCloud, Saab continues to offer the system as an EW option with all models of the GRIPEN aircraft, including the new GRIPEN E.

Publish date

06/05/2018

Sign up to our newsletter and stay up to date.

News

Air

C4ISR

Components / Systems

Cyber

Defence Business

Homeland Security

International Security

Land

Latin America (Spanish)

Logistics

Naval

Training & Simulation

Space

Special Forces

Unmanned

Publications

Contact Us

Contact Info

Mönch Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
Christine-Demmer-Straße 7
53474 Bad Neuenahr – Ahrweiler

+49 2641 3703 – 0

+49 2641 3703 – 199

Follow On

X