JSF ITF: Year in Review [Dual-Capable Aircraft]

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Unread post09 Jan 2020, 00:45

JSF ITF: Year in Review [Dual-Capable Aircraft - multi-ship Infrared Search and Track - large rocket observation]
06 Jan 2020 Lt. Col. James Valpiani & Wade Cross, 412th Test Wing

"...Over the past year we have tested 11 unique F-35 software suites and fielded two. Through those efforts, we have laid the foundation for increased F-35 lethality and survivability with functions like multi-ship Infrared Search and Track. We have advanced strategic capabilities like Dual-Capable Aircraft and large rocket observation missions. We have expanded the flight envelope for KC-46 air-to-air refueling, enabling extended missions with America’s most advanced tanker. And we have done all these things by constructing a partnership of Joint, Operational and Developmental Test units around the nation. The Integrated Test Team that we envisioned and lead has become the standard for fighter test everywhere, producing strategically relevant capabilities at a four-fold rate compared to legacy fighters....

...This year, our team completed testing of the Auto-Ground Collision Avoidance System (AGCAS) and fielded it to F-35s around the world. In doing so, the Integrated Test Force has provided warfighters with protection against the number one cause of death in fighter aviation – controlled flight into terrain. [USAF Generals remember this factoid when commenting about the fatal Japanese F-35A crash into the sea please] As the P-38’s difficulties with high speed dives illustrate, AGCAS affects both the survivability and the lethality of fighter platforms, making the F-35 safer to fly at the same time that it inspires pilots’ confidence in their ability to press the F-35 to its design limits. Thanks to the dedication and ingenuity of our extraordinary team, F-35 warfighters will forevermore be able to accomplish their missions and come safely home without fear of inadvertently impacting the ground. In recognition of having “successfully completed a rapid design, integration, and flight test of critical, lifesaving technology for the worldwide F-35 fleet,” the Integrated Test Force joined the larger AGCAS team in winning the Robert J. Collier Trophy this year...."

Photo: "A formation flight of F-35 Lightning IIs over Edwards Air Force Base, California. The 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron recently completed its initial operational test and evaluation mission and six F-35s were reassigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Included in the formation are two F-35As, two F-35Bs, and one F-35C. (Photo courtesy of Darin Russell, Lockheed Martin)" https://media.defense.gov/2019/Oct/30/2 ... 9-1002.JPG (3.7Mb) & Uncropped Thumbnail: https://media.defense.gov/2019/Oct/30/2 ... 9-1002.JPG

Source: https://www.edwards.af.mil/News/Article ... in-review/
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Unread post09 Jan 2020, 05:17

We have advanced strategic capabilities like Dual-Capable Aircraft

Given that they are supposed to perform a B61-12 separation test this year, maybe they've done a captive carry.

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