Picture of a fighter plane towing a radar decoy

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  1. dexter

    dexter SENIOR MEMBER

    Apr 17, 2009
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    Have you ever seen a picture of a fighter plane towing a radar decoy? Here it is

    Towed decoy systems are used to protect military aircraft from radar-guided missiles. These countermeasures are towed behind the host aircraft protecting it against both surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles. They provide a radiowave reflecting baid that attracts the RF-guided missiles away from the intended target.

    Unlike the miniature air launch decoys (MALD) and decoy jammers (MALD Jammers) being tested by the U.S. Air Force for B-52H bombers and F-16 Fighting Falcons to deceive ground radars and anti-aircraft systems, such decoys have a defensive purpose.

    Many aircraft are equipped with such towed decoys. The U.S. F-18s and B-1s are equipped with the ALE-50 system, while the Eurofighter Typhoon is equipped with a Towed Radar Decoy carried in the starboad side wingtip pod


    According to the information released by Eurofighter, the TRD is attached to the pod using a Fibre Optic link used to send commands to the decoy radio frequency emitter to produce jamming signals required to lure the missile away from the “parent aircraft”.

    Even if the Eurofighter website contains several diagrams showing the Typhoon’s towed decoy, no image can be found of the decoy being towed by a plane, except the following ones taken by Gian Luca Onnis (during an unclassified test – image released).



    Image credit: Gian Luca Onnis (image released for use)

    source: http://theaviationist.com
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  2. tvsram1992

    tvsram1992 SENIOR MEMBER

    Oct 31, 2010
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    does Rafale or any Russian aircrafts have such decoys . I knew there are decoys to deceive IR missiles . But do they have radio decieving or MALD/Jammers kind of decoys?