Take A Look At These Photos Of An F-35 Flying With The ALE-70 Towed Decoy Door Open

A rather uncommon sight: an F-35 flying with the flare and ALE-70 pulled decoy dispenser doors open. (All images: Steve Fortson)

The ALE-70 hauled radio frequency countermeasure is saved under a hatch beside the double infrared countermeasures dispenser doors, that seem open too.

The images in this post were taken recently at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, by our good friend Steve Fortson. They reveal an F-35 A flying with both the ALE-70 and the flare dispenser doors open. Remarkably, it appears like the airplane flew the objective in this rather uncommon “setup” and made numerous passes after going back to its homebase, as Steve observed.

Flares and pulled decoy doors are typically near to protect the LO (Low Observability) of the airplane, and are opened to release the countermeasures. For this factor, it’s unclear whether they were open for screening functions or for another factor (perhaps likewise a small failure– it would not be the very first time– we have actually seen F-35 s flying with open panels as a repercussion of a problem).

An F-35 flies with the flare and towed decoy dispenser doors open.

While there are a lot of photos revealing the Lightning stealth jets launching flares, there extremely couple of one revealing the ALE-70 door open. The ALE-70 is a towed radio frequency countermeasure developed and produced by BAE Systems for the F-35 Both the A, B and C variation can bring the decoy. At the minute, besides the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, the only foreign operator is the Royal Australian Air Force.

F-35launching flares( USAF)

Towed decoy systems are utilized to secure military airplane from radar-guided rockets. These countermeasures are hauled behind the host airplane securing it versus both surface-to-air and air-to-air rockets. They supply a radiowave showing bait that brings in the RF-guided rockets far from the desired target. They are connected through a Fibre Optic link that is utilized to send out commands to the decoy radio frequency emitter to produce jamming signals needed to tempt the rocket far from the” moms and dad airplane”.

Many airplanes are geared up with such towed decoys. The U.S. F -18 s and B-1s are geared up with the ALE-50 system, while the Eurofighter Typhoon is geared up with a Towed Radar Decoy brought in the starboard side wingtip pod.

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ALE-70(through F16 web)

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ALE – 70 (through F16

As discussed, usually speaking, towed decoys are self-protection countermeasures, as they can be utilized to enhance an airplane’s survivability versus air-to-air and anti-aircraft hazards. ALE – 70 is especially helpful for the F – 35, thought about that the Lightning is not geared up with chaffs (countermeasures utilized versus radar-guided rockets). They can likewise be helpful in a SEAD/DEAD situation, where the decoy might be reeled out by an F – 35 to mimic a huge “incorrect target” as a bait for opponent air defense systems while another F – 35 in complete stealth mode geo-locates the emitters and attacks them.

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ALE – 70 (BAE Systems)

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ALE – 70 (BAE Systems)

By the method, towed decoys are typically called “very first generation decoys”, as they were established towards completion of the Cold War and count on a cable television that links them to the airplane so they can keep the needed range and likewise get information and power for the jamming signal. Most contemporary ones, like BriteCloud battery powered, self-contained cartridge that supplies an off-board jamming ability– thus the term “active”– that can be dropped like the timeless chaffs and flares– for this reason the term “expendable”– developing a big range in between the airplane and the decoy so the rocket and its shrapnel miss out on totally the airplane.


David Cenciotti is a reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, among the world’s most popular and check out military air travel blog sites. Given That 1996, he has actually composed for significant around the world publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and lots of others, covering air travel, defense, war, market, intelligence, criminal activity and cyberwar. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown numerous fight aircrafts with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a personal pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has actually composed 5 books and added to a lot more ones.

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