The active protection system market has been segmented on the basis of system types into radar decoy
, electro-optics jammers, infrared decoy, directed energy, light weapon defense, rocket/missile based and others.
The major elements of the DASS include radio-frequency (RF) systems in the wing-tip pods, including a towed radar decoy
(TRD) installation; under-wing chaff and flare dispensers; and missile and laser warning systems.
Here, the configuration includes a ventral radar antenna canoe fairing, a dorsal satellite communications antenna radome, ventral stabilising fins, a vertical fin extension and a modified tailc one that is understood to be tailored to accommodate threat warning system antennas and the launcher for an active towed radar decoy
The first operational towed radar decoy
was the GEC-Marconi Aerial, used by British RAF Nimrods in the 1991 Gulf War.
Finally, the RAF aircraft will carry a towed radar decoy
, a more compact version of the BAE Systems Ariel.
Another element within the airborne self-protection scene has been the development of the towed radar decoy
(TRD), which comprises a small decoy containing a radar transmitter, unwound from the parent aircraft (or pod beneath its wings) from which a decoy signal intended to seduce an incoming missile is sent.
Internationally, BAE's Ariel RFCM Airborne Towed Radar Decoy
continues to enjoy support from NATO air forces.
The drone Phantoms, which can also support manned training missions, are used to provide full-scale representative threats to test and to evaluate weapon systems, and they can carry the usual augmentation devices as well as the old AN/ALE-29 chaff/infrared decoy dispenser and the AN/ALE-50 towed radar decoy
for enhanced realism.
Although no comment has been made, the employed technology comes from the same base as the towed radar decoy
(TRD), which the RAF deployed operationally during the 1991 Gulf War.
For example, the first available operational system is the British Ariel Airborne Towed Radar Decoy