RAFAEL recently released details about a new towed active decoy,  designed to protect combat aircraft from radar seeking threats, such as semi-active and active (radar) homing air/air and surface/air missiles. The system called X-Guard lures the attacking missiles away from the protected platform, by creating an attractive false target signal which diverts the homing missile from the platform. The smart decoy is designed to defeat advanced tracking techniques, including modern “Monopulse and Look on Receive-Only (LORO) techniques. The system is linked to the aircraft’s defensive avionics and EW system through a fiber-optic cable operates over a wide frequency range, to counter various types of radars and missiles. The decoy is retrievable and can be deployed several times during a mission.

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