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Buoyed by recent export success, UK-based Airborne Systems (UK Pavilion, Stand B-052) is pushing the merits of its FDS3 inflatable floating corner reflector decoy at NAVDEX 2015. Based on the latest version of the Royal Navy’s Outfit DLF soft-kill decoy system, FDS3 is a ship-deployed, passive radio frequency (RF) countermeasure that can be used in seduction, distraction and confusion roles against even the most modern RF missile seekers.
The FDS3 system comprises a deck-mounted launch tube, which is preloaded with the stowed decoy.
Following launch activation in the operations room, the decoy package – of ‘metallised fabric’ construction – is launched out of the tube and then fully inflated alongside the ship’s hull on the sea surface.
Once fully inflated, the decoy is automatically released and floats free past the stern. According to Airborne Systems, the very rapid deployment and inflation time “means that full radar cross-section is achieved within seconds of launch into the sea… this provides for a very effective seduction capability suitable for use against supersonic and late turn-on threats”.
In September 2013, Airborne Systems announced a contract award from the US Navy to supply a variant of the FDS3 decoy system – designated Mk 59 Mod 0 – to meet a rapid response effort for improved soft-kill self-defence. In July 2014, it chalked up another success when New Zealand selected FDS3 as part of its ANZAC class Frigate Systems Upgrade programme.
Brumby Nulka looks like this:Off board decoys are part of the counter measures deployed against ASCM. They create electronic signatures that mimic whatever signals they choose including aircraft carriers. The USN adopts the Nulka decoy system which is an Australian invention. There are other electronic counter measures like the AN/SLQ-32. I believe this was the ECM that brought off course the ASCM threat last year off the Yemeni coast. Obviously the USN don't comment on such matters - just my speculation.
PS. Just noticed this article is old news but still relevant as a discussion point.
Brumby I've heard of Nulka, but asked about something else Monday at 10:04 PMIt gets fired to a distance and then does its extended flight hovering away from the ship's movement. It is superior to that octagonal thing because it has greater degree of separation in a shorter period of time to draw away missiles through its electronic seduction signature.
Watch you tube below as it will become obvious.