Rostec subsidiary Tekhnodinamika Holding has developed a decoy cartridge to protect fighter jets from smart missile systems.

Known as ‘L376-2 Yagel’, the new trap cartridge offers enhanced protection to aircraft with an optical guidance system.

It is designed for the airborne defence complex of military aviation and its key feature includes protection of the aircraft from missiles with ‘kinematic target selection’.

The development will be presented at the MILEX-2021 International Exhibition of Arms and Military Equipment, which opened in Minsk on 23 June. It will display more than 300,000 models of equipment and weapons.

A Rostec weapons cluster speaker said: “New trap cartridges in combination with advanced electronic warfare and tactical techniques can significantly reduce the likelihood of hitting combat aircraft by both anti-aircraft and aircraft missiles with an optical guidance system equipped with kinematic target selection.

“The product is twice as good as foreign counterparts in terms of operating time, radiation power and the degree of protection of the aircraft.

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“The cartridge is used at altitudes up to 20,000m, at speeds up to 1,500km/hr.”

Tekhnodinamika holding general director Igor Nasenkov said that the cartridge is designed in a 50mm calibre.

It can be used as part of several protective systems.

According to the company, several foreign partners have already shown their interest in ammunition development.

Earlier this month, the Central Scientific-Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering (TsNIITochMash), a part of Rostec, created new ammunition to protect armoured vehicles from high-precision weapons and increase their safety on the battlefield.