The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has selected its BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD) to be evaluated under the US Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) programme.
The mission of the FCT programme is to find, evaluate and field products and technologies produced by US allies, such as the UK, where these products have a high technology readiness level in order to satisfy valid defence requirements more quickly and economically, the company said in a statement Monday.
The Air National Guard (ANG) will lead this FCT by evaluating BriteCloud as it is launched from countermeasure dispensers installed on US Air Force ANG aircraft. During the trials, ANG F-16 jets will dispense BriteCloud rounds, demonstrating the ability to enhance F -16 survivability.
BriteCloud will be tested in a variety of challenging scenarios to provide a high level of confidence in the performance of the system.
BriteCloud is a compact, self-contained radio-frequency (RF) countermeasure system that is launched by a combat aircraft pilot to defeat attacks from radar-guided missiles. Effective against the latest and most-advanced radar-guided threat systems, BriteCloud provides an extra layer of survivability for pilots. By completely separating from its host aircraft and falling away, the decoy improves aircraft survivability by guiding the incoming missile away from the aircraft.
First deliveries of BriteCloud by Leonardo to the RAF went into service on-board UK Royal Air Force Tornado jets in April 2018. In late 2017, following extensive testing, the UK MoD approved the BriteCloud 55 (named for its compatibility with 55mm flare dispensers such as those on Tornado, Typhoon and Gripen aircraft) for operations and production.
Polish Ministry of Defense has awarded Leonardo $423 million (€ 380 million or PLN 1.65 ) for four AW101 maritime multirole helicopters
Leonardo is setting up a new helicopter facilty in Algeria as a joint venture with Algerian Ministry of Defense. The facility is scheduled to be operational from 2021, the company said in a statement Monday
Leonardo has delivered its AW189 helicopters to the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia) and South Korean Seoul Fire Department to carry out fire-fighting operations in the two countries. The twin-engine, medium-lift choppers will also soon be delivered to the Tokyo Fire Department, the company said in a statement Monday
Leonardo has won a $338 million (300 million euros) contract to supply 13 Alenia Aermacchi M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) aircraft to the Italian Air Force. The contract includes ground-based training systems and a five year logistics support package, the company said in a statement Wednesday
Leonardo has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence to support a series of trials in which the ‘BriteCloud 55 Expendable Active Decoy (EAD) will be deployed for operations with the Royal Air Force (RAF)s fleet of Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. The first trial with Typhoon took place in April in the UK
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