According to recent reports, IAF’s Sukhoi Su-30MKI is set to get Rafael X-Guard Fiber optic super sonic decoy system. This system helps to evade Air to Air, Surface to Air Missiles as per media reports.
X-GUARD is a cutting edge towed decoy solution for defeating advanced tracking radar, including monopole and Lobe-On-receive-only (LOBO) radar types. Towed behind the fighter aircraft, X-GUARD is deployable and retractable mid flight. The decoy can be integrated with EW suite of any platform as a high-value active suite component.
What Are Towed-Decoys?
First, let us understand the term “Decoy”. Decoy means a thing that intends to attract someone by deceiving them. So basically Decoys on fighter aircraft work in a way, that they will attract the incoming threat and deceive it towards themselves. And here the term “towed” means “to pull someone/something behind one object. So, basically towed decoys are such that they are pulled along with the aircraft and that decoy will be part of the EW suits of aircraft.