Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1990
Total Production: ?
Origin: United Kingdom
Corporations: BAE Systems
Parent System: Ariel
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1990
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Ariel Mk II
There are no reviews so far

Description: The Ariel is a combat proven fiber optic towed decoy capable of changing direction of an incoming, radar-guided missile fired against the protected aircraft. This compact and lightweight system is recoverable during or after flight. It was developed by BAE Systems/GEC Marconi and has been integrated onto the United Kingdom's Nimrod maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft and Tornado fighter bomber since 1990. The first generation Ariel was deployed successfully by Tornado aircraft during the first Gulf War and over the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s providing protection against surface-to-air missiles (SAMs).

The Ariel device is towed behind the aircraft providing a much larger radar cross section than the aircraft and also incorporates the latest jamming techniques. When deployed, Ariel 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 uses angle deception to defeat monopulse radars, semi-active missiles and home-on-jam weapon systems. It countermeasures which are more effective than conical scan deception, cross-polar and cross-eye jamming and provides protection for longer periods of time than chaff or other ejected countermeasures.

Ariel Applications

Combat Aircraft Nimrod R1 Tornado Gr4 Tornado IDS

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total ?1
Copyright © 2003-2017 website. All rights reserved.
This website has been optimized for HTML 5 and CSS 3.