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LEONARDO TO DEVELOP ACTIVE DECOY TECHNOLOGY WITH RAF RAPID CAPABILITIES OFFICE

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Leonardo and the UK Royal Air
Force's (RAF's) newly established Rapid
Capabilities Office (RCO) are to work together on the introduction of new RF
expendable active decoys (EADs) to the
RAF frontline.
As well as working to clear the existing second-generation BriteCloud EAD
for early operational fielding on RAF
fast jets, the RCO and Leonardo will
also invest in a project to develop a new
third-generation EAD.
The RCO has been established within
HQ Air Command with the dual purpose

of driving innovation and accelerating
capability delivery to the RAF front-line
in faster and more streamlined fashion.
Its remit is to exploit commercial-offthe-shelf technologies and military-offthe-shelf equivalents.
Launched to market by Leonardo in
2013, BriteCloud has been designed to
overcome the limitations of earlier EADs
by integrating a compact, high power
and fully programmable digital RF memory- (DRFM-) based jammer. After ejection, the BriteCloud decoy searches and
locks onto the highest-priority threat.

Deception techniques include Doppler
and false-targets-in-range.
The 55-mm-diameter version of BriteCloud has already demonstrated its effectiveness during trial launches from
RAF Tornado aircraft in March 2016, and
a small quantity of BriteCloud decoys has
been acquired by the RAF to support the
development of a concept of operations.
Details of the follow-on EAD development remain classified. However, Leonardo
has confirmed that this third-generation
device will take the existing BriteCloud
technology as its startpoint. - R. Scott

IN BRIEF

❍ Last month, Australia's Minister
for Defense, The Hon Christopher
Pyne MP, accepted delivery of the
final Nulka Antiship Missile Decoy
to be produced under contract
with BAE Systems Australia. The
Nulka program, which began as a
joint effort between Australia's
Defence Science and Technology
Organization (now DST) and the US
Navy's Naval Research Lab (NRL) in
the 1970s, began full-rate production in 1999 and delivered more
than 1400 decoys in the subsequent
years. The Nulka is in service with
ships from the Royal Australian
Navy, the US Navy, and the Royal
Canadian Navy. "The long-term
relationships established through
this highly successful program
will continue with the development of the next generation of
Nulka ensuring the jobs of around
100 Australians," Mr Pyne said in
a press statement.  "Payload development and testing for the next
generation of Nulka decoy to meet
emerging threats is underway in
conjunction with the United States
with testing to date being successful."  The Australian Government

expects to make a program decision
on the next-generation Nulka system in 2018.
❍ The Government of New Zealand
has requested the sale of four P-8A
Poseidon maritime surveillance
aircraft from the US. The new aircraft will feature a mission system
comprising the AN/APY-10 Radar
(Raytheon), the ALQ-240 Electronic
Support Measures system (Northrop
Grumman), MX-20HD Electro-Optical
(EO) and Infrared (IR) system (L-3
WESCAM) and the AN/AAQ-2(V)1
Acoustic System. The self-protection suite includes the AAR-54 (in
a six-sensor configuration) and
the AAQ-24(V)N Large Aircraft IR
Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system
(with the Guardian Laser Transmitter
Assembly) from Northrop Grumman.
The P-8As will replace the Royal
New Zealand Air Force's (RNZAF's)
fleet of six P-3K Orions. The P-3Ks
entered service with the RNZAF in
the 1960s and have been upgraded
twice since then. The P-8A acquisition will improve interoperability
with the Royal Australian Air Force,
which is also converting from the
P-3 to the P-8A. a

❍ The US State Department has
approved the possible Foreign
Military Sale (FMS) of AGM-88B and
AGM-88E anti-radiation missiles to
Australia at an estimated cost of
US$137.6 million. According to the
Defense Security Cooperation Agency
(DSCA), the scope of the sales agreement would cover up to 70 AGM-88B
High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile
(HARM) tactical missiles, manufactured by Raytheon Missile Systems;
up to 40 AGM-88E Advanced AntiRadiation Guided Missile (AARGM)
tactical missiles, modified by Orbital
ATK; up to 16 CATM-88B HARM
Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM);
up to 16 CATM-88E AARGM CATMs;
up to 25 AGM-88B control sections;
up to 25 AGM-88B guidance sections;
up to 20 AGM-88E control sections;
up to 20 AGM-88E guidance sections; and up to 48 telemetry/flight
termination systems. The Royal
Australian Air Force (RAAF) carries the HARM on its EA-18G Growler
aircraft. This marks the second sale
of the AARGM to Australia, which
procured 16 AARGMs (along with 14
AGM-88Bs) in 2015.



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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
DIRCM Past & Present
Technology Survey: GaN Transistors
EW 101
Report from the 42nd Annual Collaborative EW Symposium
AOC News
2017 AOC International Election Guide
JED Quick Look
Index of Advertisers
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JED - June 2017 - The View From Here
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