Rostec State Corporation subsidiary Tekhnodinamika Holding has created L376-2 “Yagel” decoy ammunition for the airborne countermeasure systems used by military aviation. The new trap cartridge offers enhanced protection to aircraft with an optical guidance system. The project is being development by the Research Institute of Applied Chemistry (NIIPH), part of the Technodinamika holding company under Rostec. The decoy ammunition will be showcased for the first time at the MILEX-2021 International Exhibition of Arms and Military Equipment.
Yagel is capable of protecting aircraft from missiles with kinematic targeting systems. Such missiles are usually capable to recognize and ignore traditional flare decoys that float behind the aircraft due to aerodynamics. When a threat is detected, the aircraft fires off decoy cartridges, which disorient the guidance systems and divert enemy missiles. The new decoy is fired in the same direction the aircraft itself is moving, which allows it to deceive smart targeting systems of the enemy missiles before they reach their target. The pilot can fire one decoy at a time or fire the entire set in one salvo in less than a second.
The decoy can be used at altitudes up to 20,000 meters, at speeds up to 1,500 km/h. When the new decoy cartridges are used in combination with advanced electronic warfare and tactical techniques, Yagel can significantly reduce the chance of hits from both air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles with optical guidance and kinematic targeting systems. The product is twice as good as foreign counterparts in terms of operating time, radiant intensity and degree of protection it offers to the aircraft. A number of foreign partners have already shown interest in the product.
The new decoy is designed in a caliber of 50 mm and it can be used as part of various protective systems and has no analogues in Russia. Technodinamika, JSC was established in 2009 in order to promote development, production and export of high-technology products for civil aviation markets. Originally established as Aviation Equipment Holding, it was given its current name in 2015. Technodinamika has high competencies in the creation of special aviation equipment. The Holding’s products are installed on almost every Russian passenger and cargo aircraft.