Rock­well Collins sup­plies tac­ti­cal tar­get­ing net­work tech­nol­ogy for X-47B un­manned demon­stra­tor


Rock­well Collins tac­ti­cal tar­get­ing net­work tech­nol­ogy (TTNT) was used by Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion and the US Navy as they suc­cess­fully com­pleted a se­ries of deck han­dling tri­als of the X-47B un­manned com­bat air sys­tem aboard the air­craft car­rier USS Harry S. Tru­man (CVN-75).

The ex­er­cises demon­strated the abil­ity to ma­noeu­vre the tail­less, strike-fighter-sized air­craft quickly and pre­cisely on the flight deck us­ing a wire­less hand­held con­troller. The tests are the lat­est in a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties lead­ing up to the first car­rier land­ings of the X-47B, which are planned for mid-2013.

“TTNT is part of the over­all com­mand and con­trol ar­chi­tec­ture for the X-47B, and it plays an es­sen­tial role in help­ing the air­craft per­form vi­tal func­tions,” said Bob Haag, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Nav­i­ga­tion Prod­ucts for Rock­well Collins. “We’re pleased that our tech­nol­ogy is help­ing Northrop Grum­man and the Navy suc­cess­fully pre­pare for the in­tro­duc­tion of un­manned air­craft to car­rier op­er­a­tions.”

TTNT pro­vides high data rate, long-range com­mu­ni­ca­tion links for air­borne plat­forms. As a com­ple­ment to ex­ist­ing tac­ti­cal data link net­works, TTNT adds sig­nif­i­cant air­borne net­work ca­pac­ity while pro­vid­ing rapid, low la­tency mes­sage de­liv­ery. The min­i­mal net­work plan­ning re­quire­ments of TTNT will en­able par­tic­i­pants to en­ter and exit the net­work with­out ex­ten­sive pre­plan­ning.

It has been used in demon­stra­tions on more than a dozen air­borne plat­forms, in­clud­ing the F-16, F-22, F-15, F/A-18, B-2, B-52, Air­borne Warn­ing and Con­trol Sys­tem, Bat­tle­field Air­borne Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Node and E-2C Hawk­eye.

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