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Swallow

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Swallows leaving Raptors. (Battle of New Caprica)

A swallow is an decoy drone used to lure enemy guided missiles away from a Colonial vessel, typically it is launched by the ECO as part of a Raptor's ECM suite.

These devices were deployed from Raptor 478 to successfully lure away two missiles shot at it by a Cylon Raider during the Fall of the Twelve Colonies (TRS: "Miniseries").

Enough swallows can mimic the electrical "footprint," or signatures of other spacecraft, even that of battlestars when programmed and grouped together (TRS: "Exodus, Part II").

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