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DoD Taps Leonardo-Built BriteCloud Decoy for Foreign Comparative Tests

DoD Taps Leonardo-Built BriteCloud Decoy for Foreign Comparative Tests - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Jeff Brody

A Leonardo-built active expendable decoy was chosen by the Department of Defense to conduct foreign comparison tests with the U.S. Air National Guard, AIN Online reported Monday.

BriteCloud is a radio frequency device that detaches from an aircraft to serve as decoy to missile attacks. The Air National Guard plans to use the decoy with Lockheed Martin-built F-16 aircraft fighters for the three-year comparative test.

According to Leonardo, the decoy will undergo a number of scenarios to highlight its capacity to repel radar-guided missiles.

“Under the Foreign Comparative Test program, the U.S. government looks to allies that have developed technology that has a high [technology readiness level] in order to satisfy requirements quickly and economically,“ said Jon McCullagh, head of strategic campaigns for electronic warfare at Leonardo's electronics business.

The company plans to collaborate with other countries to use the decoy on different aircraft systems.

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