Recently conducted Boeing and the U.S. Air Force tests have demonstrated that multiple aircraft and ground stations can efficiently and securely communicate using the Boeing-developed Talon HATE airborne networking system.
Talon HATE pods on two F-15C aircraft that enabled test pilots to share information through the military’s Link 16, Common Data Link and Wideband Global SATCOM satellites, during flight testing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
“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.”
Additional tests will be conducted later this year by Boeing with advanced sensors, which will offer improved aircraft targeting capabilities.
The intra-flight datalink network capabilities used by F-22 aircraft were also validated during the tests.
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.