Annotation: An analysis of open source references is given regarding the contemporary systems for the aircraft selfprotection that employ the towed decoys. Actual information on such system is scarce, even though the general advertisement materials are well represented. This analysis is an attempt to gather scattered pieces of information on the performance of such systems in order to gain understanding of the fact that towed decoys have become the key element of contemporary aircraft self-protection suits. Yet this fact is not widely admitted by the military experts and the entire issue is not discussed openly among the military aircraft operators, tactics experts, and designers. The purpose of the paper is to draw attention of military aviation specialists as well as other Air Force personnel to the existence of new technologies on the market.