Boe­ing demon­strates air­borne net­work­ing sys­tem


Boe­ing and the US Air Force re­cently demon­strated that mul­ti­ple air­craft and ground sta­tions can ef­fi­ciently and se­curely com­mu­ni­cate us­ing the Boe­ing-de­vel­oped Talon HATE air­borne net­work­ing sys­tem. Dur­ing flight test­ing at Nel­lis Air Force Base, Ne­vada, Talon HATE pods on two F-15C air­craft en­abled test pi­lots to share in­for­ma­tion through the mil­i­tary’s Link 16, Com­mon Data Link and Wide­band Global SATCOM satel­lites.

The tests also val­i­dated in­tra-flight datalink net­work ca­pa­bil­i­ties used by F-22 air­craft. Pi­lots us­ing the sys­tem can trans­mit in­for­ma­tion quickly be­tween the F-15C and other Air Force air­craft and weapon sys­tems, en­abling ef­fi­cient in­for­ma­tion shar­ing in real time.

“We’ve com­pleted de­vel­op­men­tal flight test,” said Lt. Col. Christo­pher Bradley, Air Force Talon HATE man­ager. “We look for­ward to field­ing this sys­tem, not only to im­me­di­ately pro­vide air­crews with ac­tion­able in­for­ma­tion faster and at a higher qual­ity, but also to help the Air Force learn im­por­tant lessons for the em­ploy­ment of tac­ti­cal gate­way sys­tems in the fu­ture.”

“This aerial net­work is a gi­ant leap for­ward in tac­ti­cal fighter ca­pa­bil­ity with real-time con­nec­tiv­ity and ex­panded in­for­ma­tion shar­ing,” said Paul Geery, vice pres­i­dent, Phan­tom Works Mis­sion So­lu­tions and Boe­ing’s Talon HATE Pro­gram Man­ager. “We are now demon­strat­ing se­cure datalink con­nec­tions be­tween F-15Cs and F-22s in a way that in­te­grates in­for­ma­tion for the pi­lot into a com­mon op­er­at­ing pic­ture.”

Boe­ing will con­duct ad­di­tional tests later this year with ad­vanced sen­sors, which will of­fer im­proved air­craft tar­get­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

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