Leonardo Unveiled Its BriteCloud 55-T for Military Transport Aircraft Protection

ROME (Italy), June 6, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: Leonardo

Leonardo unveiled its BriteCloud 55-T for military transport aircraft protection at the Electronic Warfare Europe 2018 conference from 5th to 7th June in Lausanne, Switzerland. This was announced from the company in a press release on 5th June.

The BriteCloud 55-T is the latest variant in the ‘BriteCloud’ missile decoy family of the company and the first expendable decoy for protection of military transport aircraft from modern, radar-guided missiles. It is no larger than a drink can and is fully self-contained. Once launched, it creates powerful electronic emissions that create a ‘false target’ and draw enemy missiles away from the real aircraft.

Leonardo’s BriteCloud family is claimed to be the only technology of such kind in the world which has shown effectiveness in live trials. BriteCloud 55-T features sophisticated miniaturized jamming protection technology and is already allowed for use in combat missions by the UK Royal Air Force on-board its fleet of Tornado GR4 aircraft.

It is made in Luton, the United Kingdom and is intended for protection of big military transport aircrafts like C27-J, C-130, KC-390 and A400M. Saab, as the launch partner for that self-contained digital radio frequency memory (DRFM) jammer, BriteCloud, also offers the breakthrough technology as an electronic warfare option for the new Gripen E, as well as for all other models of the Gripen aircraft.

Although the BriteCloud 55-T countermeasure may be ordered now, first deliveries are expected to start at the beginning of 2019. The 55 and 218 variants are compatible with the majority of combat aircraft types and the company is in active discussions with export customers for deliveries to air forces worldwide.