USANG and BriteCloud

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Unread post15 May 2019, 19:33

The U.S. Air National Guard is set to test next-generation decoy technology that was originally designed and fielded in the United Kingdom to protect Royal Air Force aircraft against advanced radar-guided missiles.

Leonardo announced May 13 that its expendable active decoy technology — known as BriteCloud — will be evaluated under the Office of Secretary of Defense Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) program, potentially leading the way for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy to adopt the technology across its fighter fleets.

As part of the BriteCloud trials, F-16s will dispense the decoys “in a variety of challenging scenarios,” Leonardo officials said.

Working with its U.S. subsidiary Selex Galileo, testing will begin this summer, said Jon McCullagh, Leonardo Electronics’ head of strategic campaigns for electronic warfare. “Trials will take place at Air National Guard ranges in the United States. There will initially be ground-based evaluation using ‘hardware-in-the-loop’ testing, followed by flight trials,” he told C4ISRNET.

He added: “Assuming the results are positive, as has been seen in all previous trial campaigns, then we understand that the U.S. Air National Guard will take BriteCloud into service.”

BriteCloud can be ejected from existing flare and chaff dispensers — negating the need for costly integration work — and utilizes what is known as Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM) techniques, meaning it can digitally capture the signals coming from a radar-guided missile, analyze them against its own on-board threat library, and then emit a spoofing signal to cloak the targeted aircraft...……….


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Unread post17 May 2019, 00:50

Wonder how does the Britecloud compare to the ALE-50. I suppose the ALE-50 will be capable of more power and complex algorithm by virtue of it remaining tethered to the launch platform. But the F-16 is limited to 4 while they can potentially carry more Briteclouds. Miss distance will be greater in the Britecloud but the ALE-50 will project a more realistic flight profile as its dragged along by the fighter. Is this procurement driven by the ALE-50 being not compatible with ANG’s earlier F-16 blocks?
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Unread post19 May 2019, 03:39

gc wrote:Wonder how does the Britecloud compare to the ALE-50. I suppose the ALE-50 will be capable of more power and complex algorithm by virtue of it remaining tethered to the launch platform. But the F-16 is limited to 4 while they can potentially carry more Briteclouds. Miss distance will be greater in the Britecloud but the ALE-50 will project a more realistic flight profile as its dragged along by the fighter. Is this procurement driven by the ALE-50 being not compatible with ANG’s earlier F-16 blocks?

ALE-50 is a simple repeater
Brite cloud is a DRFM jammer
So Brite cloud can use more complex jamming techniques.
ALE-50 is tethered to the aircraft but it has no link with the aircraft unlike ALE-55 or ALE-70

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