Newest growth indicators that worldwide F-16 operators can equip the gold-standard radar countermeasure without having for platform modification. The US Air Pressure (USAF) Search Eagle Workplace have cleared Leonardo’s BriteCloud 218 expendable lively decoy for operational testing on-board the F-16 Combating Falcon plane. The authorisation is among the closing phases of the U.S. Division of Protection’s International Comparative Testing (FCT) programme for the product, which is because of full this 12 months. The FCT, which is being carried out by the US Air Nationwide Guard, will open the door to U.S. procurement.

Produced by Leonardo within the U.Ok., BriteCloud is exclusive in that it packs gold-standard expertise often called DRFM (Digital Radio Frequency Reminiscence) into every spherical. DRFM permits BriteCloud to tailor its ‘digital ghost’ sign to the particular risk radar, permitting it to idiot the radar in the simplest potential approach. BriteCloud is able to defeating all recognized present risk techniques. The BriteCloud variant given the inexperienced gentle by U.S. authorities, referred to as BriteCloud 218, matches customary 2x1x8 inch countermeasure dispensers such because the AN/ALE-47 on the F-16. In addition to seeing curiosity in america, Leonardo is in discussions with numerous different F-16 operators internationally that wish to equip their fleets with latest-generation countermeasures with no need to switch the platform or carry out costly integration work.


BriteCloud is a life-saving countermeasure that gives high-tech safety from radar-guided surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles. Fired like a flare, it may be carried by fight, transport and particular mission plane. BriteCloud comprises a robust miniature jammer that sends out convincing ‘digital ghost’ indicators that seduce incoming missiles in the direction of BriteCloud because it falls away from the plane. This ensures that the missile detonates distant from its supposed goal. As a world-first expertise, BriteCloud was chosen for analysis underneath the U.S. International Comparative Testing (FCT) programme in 2019 following its entry into service with the Royal Air Pressure.

Following a collection of confirmatory flight trials with the U.S. Air Nationwide Guard this 12 months, BriteCloud is anticipated to be authorised for U.S. Armed Forces as an off-the-shelf countermeasure product. BriteCloud is an instance of digital warfare expertise, a class by which Leonardo is a world chief. In addition to equipping latest-generation plane such because the Eurofighter Hurricane, AW159 Wildcat, MQ-9B SeaGuardian and AH-64E Apache, the corporate is a founding member of Tempest, the worldwide programme to create a next-generation fight air system for the U.Ok. and its allies.