Top Gun-style military fighter pilots test missile derivation made in the UK
Top Gun-style military fighter pilots will test a missile derivation developed in Britain by aerospace and defense company Leonardo ahead of a possible bumper contract, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The company, which has 180 locations worldwide and employs 7,500 in the UK, has developed a coke can-sized lure called BriteCloud.
The gadget can be fired from a jet’s flare dispenser and uses a miniature jammer to safely lure enemy missiles away from the aircraft – fired from the ground or from the air.
Tom Cruise in 1986 film Top Gun
The Royal Air Force has used the decoys and now the US Air National Guard is preparing to conduct tests with F-16 fighter jets later this year.
The test program checks whether the technology cannot be supplied by a US company.
Leonardo, headquartered in Rome, developed the technology in Luton.
A series of military contracts and defense deals will be announced this week at an industrial fair in London.