The Vertically Launched Imaging Infrared Decoy Technologies (VLIIRDT) program was conducted to enable the development of the next generation IR decoy for anti-ship missile defense of future Navy ships. The VLIIRDT test vehicle investigates the feasibility of the expendable vehicle technology required to deliver IR countermeasures. Upon detection of a threat, VLIIRDT is launched vertically. Once the required altitude is achieved, the vehicle is commanded by autopilot to pitch over to a near-horizontal flight path where it deploys IR countermeasures such as chaff or obscurants. The 75-inch vehicle uses an innovative nitrogen-powered Gas Flight Control System to provide 3-DOF stability and control during its mission.

Sponsors: ONR, NRL
Program type: 6.2 Exploratory Development
Years: 2000-2004