F-35 Ready For Missile Defense By 2025: MDA Chief

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Unread post17 Sep 2019, 10:25

This has not been posted yet? 8) I'm wondering where to post it, so I will post here.
https://news.lockheedmartin.com/2019-09 ... assets_all
F-35(sensor) → U-2(HUB) → Station(MD)
...Beautiful relay. 8)
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®' Project Riot Demonstrates Multi-Domain Operations
Demonstration Further Proves F-35's Role as the Keystone of the Joint Force and U-2's Ability to Rapidly Field Capabilities for the Future
PALMDALE, Calif., Sept. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Skunk Works®, the Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Air Force successfully connected an F-35, U-2 and a multi-domain ground station in a ground-breaking test demonstrating multi-domain operations and the secure distribution of sensitive information across multiple platforms.

During the demonstration, called Project Riot, an F-35 detected a long-range missile launch with its onboard sensors and shared the information through the U-2 to the air defense commander on the ground, enabling the commander to quickly make the decision to target the threat. This next-level connectivity reduces the data-to-decision timeline from minutes to seconds, which is critical in fighting today's adversaries and advanced threats.

In partnership with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, and the Missile Defense Agency, Skunk Works' Project Riot builds on a series of open systems architecture demonstrations proving how incremental increases in capability can be rapidly fielded to enable a connected network across air, ground, sea, space and cyber domains.

"This demonstration continues our commitment to provide complete battlespace awareness and seamless interoperability to enable multi-domain operations," said John Clark, vice president of ISR & UAS at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. "With its long-range standoff sensors, on-board processing and ability to operate in and around contested environments, the U-2 continues to play a critical role in demonstrating new capabilities today, while transforming operations for tomorrow's battlespace."

Leveraging common industry standards to drive down cost and shorten schedules, the team achieved four mission critical data points in less than four months:
    ・Demonstrated the ability to leverage F-35 sensor data for missile defense
    ・Leveraged the modernized U-2's extensive payload capacity, modular design and open architecture to provide beyond line of sight communications between the F-35 and a multi-domain ground station
    ・Established two new data paths to securely transmit 5th generation sensor data at multiple levels of security to the warfighter, enabling a multi-domain network of legacy and 5th generation systems
    ・Disseminated 5th generation data using the Air Force's Universal Command and Control Interface and Open Mission Systems standards for faster capability deployment and seamless connection between systems
"The F-35, with its advanced sensors and connectivity, is able to gather and seamlessly share critical information enabling the joint force to be safer and more effective," said Greg Ulmer, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager for the F-35 program. "No other fighter jet in the world has this capability – and this test was a critical step on the path to unlocking its full potential for multi-domain operations."

This demonstration builds on successful flight tests completed since 2013 that establish the foundation for a distributed, systems-of-systems architecture in the not-too-distant future.
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Unread post22 Nov 2019, 10:16

Are they really going to do it!? :doh: (It's a...Crazy Plan!! :doh: )
https://insidedefense.com/daily-news/pe ... r-key-test
Pentagon finalizing assessment on F-35's role for missile defense after key test
By Justin Doubleday November 11, 2019 at 4:36 PM
The Pentagon is finalizing an assessment on how to best integrate the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter into the ballistic missile defense system after the aircraft tracked a pair of interceptors during a key test earlier this year, according to a Missile Defense Agency official. John Bier, program director for Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) at MDA, said the Defense Department is close to finishing a report directed by the 2019 Missile Defense Review on how to...

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AS/AS03 ... 191113.pdf
STATEMENT OF GREGORY ULMER VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER F-35 PROGRAM LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
BEFORE THE READINESS AND TACTICAL AIR & LAND FORCES SUBCOMMITTEES HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE ON F-35 PROGRAM UPDATE: SUSTAINMENT, PRODUCTION AND AFFORDABILITY CHALLENGES
NOVEMBER 13, 2019
IV. Modernization Update
The F-35 is designed to incorporate both software and hardware upgrades throughout its 50+ year life cycle and efforts to modernize the aircraft are already underway. We’ll deliver F-35 modernization through the Department’s Continuous Capability, Development and Delivery (C2D2) framework for timely, affordable, incremental warfighting capability improvements. This approach will deliver more agile, continuous modernization on shorter timelines while aligning and synchronizing capability delivery across the entire F-35 Air System.

In order to maximize the investment in the F-35 fleet, it’s imperative that Congress continues to fund the F-35 modernization plan to leverage the full potential of the weapon system. Additionally, it’s important to note that many of the partner countries have made investments in modernization activities as part of their national defense policies and have established the industrial base to support these activities.

From Electronic Warfare, increased computing power, sensor capability, weapons capacity and more, we are actively enhancing all aspects of the F-35 to ensure it exceeds warfighter demands and outpaces evolving threats. Some key upgrades planned include:
    • Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (AutoGCAS): AutoGCAS uses terrain mapping, geolocation and automation to detect and avoid potential ground collisions. When the program recognizes imminent impact, it will prompt the pilot to take action. If the pilot is unresponsive, AutoGCAS assumes temporary control to divert the aircraft out of harm’s way, and then returns control of the aircraft to the pilot once on a safe trajectory. Leveraging a rapid, agile development, test and contracting approach, the joint government and industry team successfully fielded the life-saving technology seven years earlier than previously planned.
    • Technology Refresh 3 Upgrades: Technology Refresh 3 takes advantage of fast evolving computing power and adds an Open Systems Architecture that will enable the flexibility for Lockheed Martin and our customers to add, upgrade and update future capabilities rapidly. In addition to the Next Generation Distributed Aperture System discussed previously, the F-35’s Integrated Core Processor, Panoramic Cockpit Display and the Aircraft Memory System will all be upgraded beginning in Lot 15.
    • Multi-Domain Operations (MDO): To increase the F-35’s role in MDO, we’re upgrading sensor fusion capability in Lot 13 and beyond, integrating enhanced voice and data interoperability in Lot 14 and continuing to conduct exercises to demonstrate MDO teaming. To date, the F-35 has successfully integrated with the Aegis Missile Defense system, a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS), and most recently in partnership with the Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Air Force, we successfully connected an F-35, U2, and a multi-domain ground station. The advantages of the F-35 integrated and fused sensor suite now can be made available to other airborne, air, and even subsurface warfighters. We are active now in sharing the key benefits of our 5th Generation air system with other multi-domain parts of operations.
    • Unmanned Teaming: The F-35 is ideally suited for manned / unmanned teaming operations, and we are working closely with our customers to realize a future where the F-35 can command and control unmanned aerial vehicles as wingmen as well as attritable assets in a joint fighting force. Through these and related efforts, this F-35 5th Generation weapon system serves as a force multiplier for our country and allies.
Missile Defense: The F-35 offers inherent capabilities that can significantly enhance U.S. missile defense. The F-35’s stealth and advanced sensor suite can help detect potential missile threats and provide ‘Left of Launch’ identification and engagement through entering contested airspace undetected. The F-35 can also serve as a sensor node to detect and track missile threats at a much closer distance – and connect sensor information to queue existing missile defense systems to engage an incoming threat. According to the Missile Defense Review, the Department of Defense is also building a technology roadmap to equip the F-35 with a new or modified interceptor capable of shooting down adversary ballistic missiles in their boost phase for direct engagement.

    • Extended Range: While the F-35 as configured today, exceeds the specified range performance, we’re engaged in an industry-funded study with Elbit Systems-Cyclone focused on a 600-gallon external tank and an associated jettison-able pylon for the F35A to significantly increase range and loiter time.
    • Increased Lethality: In addition to increasing the F-35A and F-35C’s internal weapons capacity from four to six internal weapons, we’re also working to integrate a series of new weapons to increase lethality. Additionally, the F-35 has the structural capacity on our inner wing stations to carry hypersonic weapons externally allowing the F-35 to execute deep strike missions while providing unmatched ISR capabilities. We also see a growth path in the future to add payload weight capacity and increase the total number of missiles the F-35 can carry.

As we integrate upgraded capabilities, our goal is to maintain or reduce both the unit cost to procure and the sustainment costs for F-35s across the enterprise.
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Unread post23 Nov 2019, 15:29

Interesting note about its ability to carry hypersonic weapons..

And those are the weapons of today. Future hypersonics will undoubtedly be smaller and lighter, probably leading to an increased quantity being carried. Looked at strictly in terms of today's technology, Taiwan's Sky Sword II (pictured) isn't all that big, and is more representative of a weapon that could (possibly) fit inside the F-35's weapons bay.

Although if they're talking about an air to ground hypersonic with extreme range, then yeah probably too big to fit inside one of the bays..
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Unread post03 Dec 2019, 11:32

doge wrote:Are they really going to do it!? :doh: (It's a...Crazy Plan!! :doh: )
https://insidedefense.com/daily-news/pe ... r-key-test
Pentagon finalizing assessment on F-35's role for missile defense after key test
By Justin Doubleday November 11, 2019 at 4:36 PM
The Pentagon is finalizing an assessment on how to best integrate the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter into the ballistic missile defense system after the aircraft tracked a pair of interceptors during a key test earlier this year, according to a Missile Defense Agency official. John Bier, program director for Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) at MDA, said the Defense Department is close to finishing a report directed by the 2019 Missile Defense Review on how to...

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AS/AS03 ... 191113.pdf
STATEMENT OF GREGORY ULMER VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER F-35 PROGRAM LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
BEFORE THE READINESS AND TACTICAL AIR & LAND FORCES SUBCOMMITTEES HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE ON F-35 PROGRAM UPDATE: SUSTAINMENT, PRODUCTION AND AFFORDABILITY CHALLENGES
NOVEMBER 13, 2019
IV. Modernization Update
The F-35 is designed to incorporate both software and hardware upgrades throughout its 50+ year life cycle and efforts to modernize the aircraft are already underway. We’ll deliver F-35 modernization through the Department’s Continuous Capability, Development and Delivery (C2D2) framework for timely, affordable, incremental warfighting capability improvements. This approach will deliver more agile, continuous modernization on shorter timelines while aligning and synchronizing capability delivery across the entire F-35 Air System.

In order to maximize the investment in the F-35 fleet, it’s imperative that Congress continues to fund the F-35 modernization plan to leverage the full potential of the weapon system. Additionally, it’s important to note that many of the partner countries have made investments in modernization activities as part of their national defense policies and have established the industrial base to support these activities.

From Electronic Warfare, increased computing power, sensor capability, weapons capacity and more, we are actively enhancing all aspects of the F-35 to ensure it exceeds warfighter demands and outpaces evolving threats. Some key upgrades planned include:
    • Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (AutoGCAS): AutoGCAS uses terrain mapping, geolocation and automation to detect and avoid potential ground collisions. When the program recognizes imminent impact, it will prompt the pilot to take action. If the pilot is unresponsive, AutoGCAS assumes temporary control to divert the aircraft out of harm’s way, and then returns control of the aircraft to the pilot once on a safe trajectory. Leveraging a rapid, agile development, test and contracting approach, the joint government and industry team successfully fielded the life-saving technology seven years earlier than previously planned.
    • Technology Refresh 3 Upgrades: Technology Refresh 3 takes advantage of fast evolving computing power and adds an Open Systems Architecture that will enable the flexibility for Lockheed Martin and our customers to add, upgrade and update future capabilities rapidly. In addition to the Next Generation Distributed Aperture System discussed previously, the F-35’s Integrated Core Processor, Panoramic Cockpit Display and the Aircraft Memory System will all be upgraded beginning in Lot 15.
    • Multi-Domain Operations (MDO): To increase the F-35’s role in MDO, we’re upgrading sensor fusion capability in Lot 13 and beyond, integrating enhanced voice and data interoperability in Lot 14 and continuing to conduct exercises to demonstrate MDO teaming. To date, the F-35 has successfully integrated with the Aegis Missile Defense system, a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS), and most recently in partnership with the Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Air Force, we successfully connected an F-35, U2, and a multi-domain ground station. The advantages of the F-35 integrated and fused sensor suite now can be made available to other airborne, air, and even subsurface warfighters. We are active now in sharing the key benefits of our 5th Generation air system with other multi-domain parts of operations.
    • Unmanned Teaming: The F-35 is ideally suited for manned / unmanned teaming operations, and we are working closely with our customers to realize a future where the F-35 can command and control unmanned aerial vehicles as wingmen as well as attritable assets in a joint fighting force. Through these and related efforts, this F-35 5th Generation weapon system serves as a force multiplier for our country and allies.
Missile Defense: The F-35 offers inherent capabilities that can significantly enhance U.S. missile defense. The F-35’s stealth and advanced sensor suite can help detect potential missile threats and provide ‘Left of Launch’ identification and engagement through entering contested airspace undetected. The F-35 can also serve as a sensor node to detect and track missile threats at a much closer distance – and connect sensor information to queue existing missile defense systems to engage an incoming threat. According to the Missile Defense Review, the Department of Defense is also building a technology roadmap to equip the F-35 with a new or modified interceptor capable of shooting down adversary ballistic missiles in their boost phase for direct engagement.

    • Extended Range: While the F-35 as configured today, exceeds the specified range performance, we’re engaged in an industry-funded study with Elbit Systems-Cyclone focused on a 600-gallon external tank and an associated jettison-able pylon for the F35A to significantly increase range and loiter time.
    • Increased Lethality: In addition to increasing the F-35A and F-35C’s internal weapons capacity from four to six internal weapons, we’re also working to integrate a series of new weapons to increase lethality. Additionally, the F-35 has the structural capacity on our inner wing stations to carry hypersonic weapons externally allowing the F-35 to execute deep strike missions while providing unmatched ISR capabilities. We also see a growth path in the future to add payload weight capacity and increase the total number of missiles the F-35 can carry.

As we integrate upgraded capabilities, our goal is to maintain or reduce both the unit cost to procure and the sustainment costs for F-35s across the enterprise.

:drool: If they managed to give it an ABM, that would be so crazy.
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