If the trials are successful, 'BriteCloud' will be available to frontline Typhoon aircrews by the end of 2019 (Picture: MOD).
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RAF Typhoons Trial New 'Can-Sized' Missile Decoy

Trials involving the Typhoon will also see how the decoy could be used on the F-35B fighter jet.

If the trials are successful, 'BriteCloud' will be available to frontline Typhoon aircrews by the end of 2019 (Picture: MOD).

If the trials are successful, 'BriteCloud' will be available to frontline Typhoon aircrews by the end of 2019 (Picture: MOD).

RAF Typhoons have been trialling a new "drinks-can sized" missile decoy.

'BriteCloud' can be fired from an aircraft flare dispenser, without the need for modification to the aircraft.

The "cutting-edge" technology is used to protect fighter jets from radar-guided missiles, using radar emissions to disrupt enemy targeting systems. 

The system, developed by manufacturer Leonardo, has seen £27m of investment by the Ministry of Defence.

The first trial took place in April and now future trials are being planned to develop its operational uses.

The Typhoon has been used on deployments like Operation Shader in recent years (Picture: MOD).
The Typhoon has been used on deployments like Operation Shader in recent years (Picture: MOD).

It is also expected that BriteCloud will be trialled on military helicopters and the C-130 Hercules aircraft.

Trials on the Typhoon will also see how the decoy could be used on the F-35B fighter jet.

Defence minister Stuart Andrew said the technology is a "powerful and cost-effective way to keep our pilots safer than ever on the frontline".

Should trials be successful, the device will be available to frontline Typhoon aircrews by the end of the year.