The Lockheed Martin F-35 has demonstrated a functionality to downlink concentrating on knowledge about a number of “air-respiration threats” to floor forces. The work came about at White Sands Missile Range in December 2019, in response to Lockheed Martin. A pair of US Air Force F-35s had been integrated with the US Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS), with the fighters “offering an airborne sensor functionality to efficiently detect, observe and intercept close to simultaneous air-respiration threats.”
The plane and IBCS have been related by means of the Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL) within the proof of idea exercise. It marked the primary time F-35s have been used as sensors throughout an IBCS dwell hearth take a look at in opposition to a number of targets.
“This takes a look at validated the F-35’s functionality to function an airborne sensor and lengthen the vary of important Integrated Air and Missile Defense interceptors.” The corporate didn’t state the dimensions of the targets engaged; however, such functionality would show helpful towards low flying targets comparable to cruise missiles.
The work additionally demonstrated a technique to have interaction low-flying threats that are over the horizon or terrain masked. The take a look at adopted earlier work carried out in mid-2019 throughout an Orange Flag Analysis in Palmdale, California, and Fort Bliss, Texas. This was the primary time that resides F-35 monitoring knowledge was despatched to IBCS by way of an F-35 ground station and F-35-IBCS adaptation package, which have been developed by Lockheed Martin. The bottom station was subsequently moved to White Sands Missile Range.