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Flares: Evasive maneuver performed by a Eurocopter AS532 Cougar helicopter. Roskilde, Sealand, August 2017

Flares at Night

These photos show a helicopter performing an evasive maneuver, releasing an entire batch of flares, during an Air Show display.

A flare is deployed to decoy infrared-guided missiles. In mid-air, they create a bright source of heat, preventing the missile from tracking the aircraft’s heat signature. It can fool the missile into believing that the flare is the aircraft.

A single flare has a very low chance of decoying a missile. If an aircraft launches multiple flares in quick succession, the chance of survival increases considerably.

Presenting a very serious danger at wartime, this maneuver is indeed an impressive firework at peacetime.

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