SAAB has selected SELEX’s BriteCloud Expendable Active Decoy (EAD) deployment on Gripen fighter, which has been developed in order to decoy RF-guided missiles and fire control radars away from fighter aircraft.
Flare shaped and sized, the EAD can be dispensed from a standard 55mm flare cartridge and powered by batteries. BriteCloud draws threats away from the host platform, generating large miss distances. BriteCloud has been already proven in tests and the system is scheduled for a number of qualification missions and flight trials to guarantee full operational capacity.
BriteCloud is the technological successor to previous generations of RF decoys such as repeaters and Towed Radar Decoys (TRD). When a pilot launches a BriteCloud, the decoy searches for and counters priority threats using advanced DRFM technology. Incoming radar pulses are received and the BriteCloud’s on-board computer copies these pulses and uses them to simulate a ‘false target’ so convincing that the threat system cannot detect the deception. By doing this, the BriteCloud can seduce even the most modern threats away from the platform.
As an off-board jamming device, BriteCloud avoids the ‘home-on-jam’ vulnerabilities of on-board devices and allows it to put significant distance between itself and the fighter after launch, minimising any risk of incoming missiles detonating close to the platform. Other benefits include savings in cost and training compared to other systems with each unit significantly cheaper than equivalent TRD technology and easy to use and store.
“We’re working with Saab towards flight tests of the BriteCloud on Gripen which are expected to take place in 2014,” said Pete Forrest, VP marketing and sales for electronic warfare at Selex ES.
The Royal Thai Air Force takes delivery of the last six Gripen aircraft of the twelve ordered, at the ceremony on 11th September 2013. Sweden has previously delivered two Gripen Cs, four Gripen Ds, two Saab 340 AEWs (Airborne Early Warning) and one Saab 340 B (transport aircraft) to the Royal Thai Air Force
SAAB introduced the Sea Gripen at the recently concluded NAMEXPO 2013 held at Kochi, India. Tony Ogilvy, General Manager Aeronautics & International Head, Sea Gripen Program, spoke about Saabs plans for the development of the aircraft
The Swiss Parliament today approved the acquisition of 22 Gripen fighter aircraft, including related funding of SEK 3.126 billion on the basis of an independent fund
The Swiss Parliament approves funding of 3.1 billion francs for the acquisition of 22 Gripen fighter aircraft project
Czech Republic has decided to lease 14 Gripen aircraft for another 14 years which is yet to be formalized with Sweden. “We are convinced that we have found a mutually good solution which will meet the Czech Air Forces needs, both now and in the future
On the occasion of finalising talks between Czech and Swedish parties on prolongation of a lease agreement of SAAB 39 Gripen supersonic aircraft, Czech PM Jiri Rusnok visited 21st Tactical Air Force Base at Caslav to get more information on them. A squadron of SAAB 39 Gripen (also known as JAS-39 Gripen) aircraft serves not only for the Czech Republic but also within NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System
Selex ES has been awarded a contract by the Austrian Ministry of Defence to provide a RAT31DL/M deployable air defence radar system. The system will enter into operation in 2016
Brazil is in talks with Saab for transfer of Gripen technology which allows local manufacture and development of the fighters jets, according to Prensa Latina. Marco Antonio Raupp, Brazils Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, met Hakan Buskhe, President and CEO, Saab last week to discuss about initiating technology transfer and co-operation between Brazilian and Swedish defence companies
Brazil's Defense Minister Celso Amorim met Sweden's Secretary of State for Defence Carl von der Esch last week to discuss about the progress on the Gripen deal, according to the official blog for Gripen. The Swedish delegation also met with the Secretary General of Ministry of Defence, Ari Matos Cardoso, who said that he is creating a Working Group (WG) which will monitor the entire process of purchase of the aircraft and the process should be completed and formalized by the end of February
Saab has won a contract worth $2.5 billion from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for Gripen E production
The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has selected Saab's Gripen-NG aircraft for its new multimission fighters contract worth $4.5 billion
Selex ES has won a contract worth about 125 million euros to provide and support modernization of communication systems of the Royal Australian Navys (RAN) eight ANZAC-Class frigates, as part of the SEA1442 Phase 4 programme. The company has been established to play a leading role in the delivery and support of the programme and will be the focal point for the transfer of skills and experience to Australian industry
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