The UK Royal Air Force’s newly-established Rapid Capability Office (RCO) has its first partner company in Leonardo.
The RAF and Leonardo will each invest into RCO’s first joint project that will develop the next generation of fighter jet countermeasures known as ‘expendable active decoys’ (EADs), using Leonardo’s test-proven BriteCloud EAD technology.
Both organisations are also working to clear the existing BriteCloud EAD for operational use.
BriteCloud is as a ‘second generation’ expendable active decoy (EAD) and its effectiveness was demonstrated in launches from RAF Tornado aircraft in March 2016.
The new collaboration between Leonardo and the RAF will see the two organisations jointly develop ‘third generation’ EADs; details of which are currently classified.
BriteCloud is a radar jamming decoy for fighter aircraft that can be deployed from a standard chaff and flare dispenser and is manufactured by Leonardo in the UK.
BriteCloud is being offered to several export nations and protects aircraft from modern, sophisticated radar-guided missiles, which are drawn to the BriteCloud and misses the aircraft by a large margin.