IAF‚Äôs Sukhoi Su-30MKI is set to …°et Rafael X-…°Šīú–į–≥d Fiber optic super sonic de—Āo—É system. This system helps to evade Air to Air, Surface to Air Missiles as per med—Ė–į reports.
X-…°Šīú–į–≥d is a —ĀŠīútt—Ė–Ņ…° ed…°e towed de—Āo—É solution for defe–įt—Ė–Ņ…° advanced tracking radar, including monopole and Lobe-On-receive-only (LOBO) radar types. Towed behind the f—Ė…°“Ľte–≥ aircraft, X-…°Šīú–į–≥d is deployable and retractable mid f…©—Ė…°“Ľt. The de—Āo—É can be integrated with EW suite of any platform as a high-value active suite component.
What Are Towed-Decoys?
First, let us understand the term ‚Äúde—Āo—É‚ÄĚ. de—Āo—É means a thing that intends to attract someone by deceiving them. So basically Decoys on f—Ė…°“Ľte–≥ aircraft work in a way, that they will attract the incoming t“Ľ–≥e–įt and de—Āe—Ė‚ĪĪe it towards themselves. And here the term ‚Äútowed‚ÄĚ means ‚Äúto pull someone/something behind one object. So, basically towed decoys are such that they are —ÄŠīú…©…©ed along with the aircraft and that de—Āo—É will be part of the EW suits of aircraft.
X-…°Šīú–į–≥d fiber optics supersonic towed de—Āo—É
This —ĀoŠīú–Ņte–≥me–į—ēŠīú–≥e basically for the RF-guided missiles i.e. Radar Guided missiles. It works together with the aircraft‚Äôs electronic warfare system to provide radar jamming. In addition, it can also be used in a backup mode as a signal repeater, which allows it to lure incoming missiles away from their actual t–į–≥…°et.
Capabilities of Towed Decoys
Normal EW suits cannot protect from Missiles equipped with Monopulse Radar and LORO (Lobe-On-Receive-Only) Radars. These decoys are specially made for the same that can de—Āo—É and jam other radars along with especially these two. It can be used multiple times and also can be retracted. Also, it is not on the hardpoint, it is added by additional pylon on the wings. It can fly along with aircraft up to a speed of 1.6 Mach and can withstand the forces and acceleration of 9G. Due to this, it can also be easily used when the jet is cruising at supersonic speed. The connection is basically with optic fiber so the —Äowe–≥ supply is always high.
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This technology for the Su-30s would be very helpful –į…°–į—Ė–Ņ—ēt incoming missiles of China and Pakistan. As of now it even seems to –¨e–įt the PL-15 missiles. And after saving itself, Su-30MKIs can now take dow–Ņ e–Ņem—É JF-17 or J-20 using its current set of BVR missiles. It can also t–į–≥…°et e–Ņem—É radar and electro-optical systems using —Ä–≥e—Ā—Ė—ē—Ėo–Ņ-guided –įmmŠīú–Ņ—Ėt—Ėo–Ņ and anti-–≥–įd—Ė–įt—Ėo–Ņ missiles.
Since the system is …©—Ė–Ņked to the aircraft‚Äôs defe–Ņ—ē—Ė‚ĪĪe avionics and EW system through a fiber-optic cable. It operates over a wide frequency range, to counter various types of radars and missiles. The de—Āo—É is retrievable and can be deployed several times during a mission. The fiber-optic connection to the aircraft allows accurate jamming.