|Posted by mavra-chang on July 9, 2009 at 1:12 PM|
This is a US Marine Corps KC-130 Hercules deploying the Angel flare decoy system, designed to draw heat-seeking missles off target. It draws the name "Angel" from the distinctive smoke pattern it leaves in the sky.
Two US Marine Corps KC-130 Hercules firing flares used for protection against surface-to-air missiles in Iraq.
Decoy flares, "angel decoys" - as part of aerial counter measures these heavenly pyrotechnics will protect the plane from possible missile danger when launched. IR-decoy flares serve to counter infrared-guided surface-to-air missiles (SAM) or air-to-air missiles (AAM) and containpyrotechnic and pyrophoric payloads, expelled from a craft according to an anticipated threat.