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Ariel Mk II  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: ?
Origin: United Kingdom
Corporations: SELEX Galileo
Parent System: Ariel
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1990
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Ariel
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Description: The SELEX Galileo Ariel Mk II Fiber Optic Towed RF Decoy (FOTRD) is an improved variant introduced in the 2000s and selected as standard equipment for the Eurofighter-Typhoon aircraft as part of the EuroDASS defensive system. This air cooled decoy covers the H-J radio-frequency bands and incorporates the latest jamming techniques which are fully programmable by the user. The Ariel Mk II is towed behind the aircraft providing a much larger radar cross section than its carrier. Communicates with the onboard Techniques Generator via a kevlar fiber optic cable to transmit specific deception techniques from the threat library to defeat incoming missiles and hostile radars.

Ariel Mk II is a compact and lightweight system which is recoverable either during or after flight for repeated operational employment. The decoy can be installed and operated from all types of fixed-wing aircraft including high performance supersonic combat aircraft. The decoy is operational at speeds up to Mach 2 at conditions of -3/+9g and can be provided in winched, unwinched, podded or internal configurations, to suit the requirements of the particular platform installation. Ariel offers a smooth flight profile even behind the turbulent vortex created behind delta wing aircraft (Eurofighter) during the entire flight envelope.

Ariel Mk II Applications

Combat Aircraft Typhoon Typhoon T Protection Systems EuroDASS

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