Broadening the Appeal of a Sophisticated Missile Decoy

by Andrew Dardine, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

BriteCloud decoy system. Image: Leonardo

The still-evolving, Leonardo-produced BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD), missile countermeasures system is on the verge of significant fighter jet application in the years ahead.  The system consists of a self-contained digital RF memory (DRFM) jammer designed to disrupt incoming missiles’ RF tracking systems. Continue reading

A Proposed Super Tucano Sale to Lebanon Exposes Wider ALE-47 ECM Sales Opportunities

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Embraer A-29 Super Tucano

Embraer A-29 Super Tucano

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency recently announced the State Department’s approval to sell six Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to Lebanon. Aiding the plane’s close air support role would be the ALE-47 countermeasures dispensing system, which would protect the aircraft from enemy fire.  BAE Systems (the ALE-47 manufacturer most likely to be involved in this contract), under the terms of the potential contract, would supply eight of the ECM units, with six installed in the Super Tucanos and the other two serving as spares.  The contract, however, has not yet been signed. Continue reading