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Unread post16 Mar 2018, 13:41

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https://www.dvidshub.net/video/583775/aviation-aircraft

Yeah, that's odd that there is no mention of the F-35. I have a feeling (and by the look of the video) that it's quite old. They probably had it lying around.

Looking at his RSS feed, this is the first aviation-centric video since it started in early 2016. I think he found it in a shared network folder. :roll:

http://www.feedbucket.com/?src=https:// ... 72&start=0
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Unread post22 Mar 2018, 11:28

http://www.janes.com/article/78735/usmc ... aesa-radar

USMC to upgrade Hornets with new AESA radar

The US Marine Corps (USMC) is to replace the radars of its Boeing F/A-18 legacy Hornets with a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) system.

A request for information (RFI) issued by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on 20 March calls for a new AESA system to replace the incumbent Raytheon AN/APG-73 radar on the USMC’s fleet of F/A-18C/D aircraft...According to NAVAIR, the contract will begin on 1 October of this year with retrofits commencing in the fourth quarter of 2020 and running through to the fourth quarter of 2022. A total of 98 AESAs are to be procured to cover seven fleet squadrons of 12 aircraft each plus 14 spare systems. In its list of requirements, NAVAIR states that the new AESA should require no changes to the current radar-aircraft interfaces.
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Unread post11 Apr 2018, 06:49

There is a fair bit about VARS in the 1st few pages of this thread so I'll plonk this info here - not much going on with VARS.
V-22 remains ‘most in-demand DOD platform’
10 Apr 2018 PMA-275 Public Affairs

"...Emerging capabilities
With the CMV-22 forecast for delivery to the Navy in 2020, the V-22 program office has been working with the Navy for more than two years to determine its optimal requirements.

“Basically what it comes down to is about 5,500 pounds of extra fuel to support the greater range and payload—in addition to some communications gear and a public address system for the interior of the aircraft,” Kelly said.

In August 2016, the Marine Corps collaborated with the Navy on the “Fleet Battle Experiment,” during which MV-22s assigned to Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX)1 landed aboard USS Carl Vinson (CV 70) to explore the platform’s operational potential within a carrier strike group. The experiment lasted about three weeks.

“In that period, the Navy was able to begin developing some of the tactics, techniques and procedures … and take advantage of some of the great things that [the Navy’s] current [carrier onboard delivery] COD platform cannot,” Kelly said. Key among those emerging capabilities is the V-22’s ability to deliver the F-35 power module, which weighs several thousand pounds, to the carrier in support of the F-35B/C Lightning II.

Among the platform’s other emerging capabilities is the V-22 Aerial Refueling System (VARS), a roll-on tanker kit for the V-22 that would support Marine Expeditionary Units. The system, which turns the V-22 into an aerial tanker, has so far undergone a concept demonstration. “Flight tests in earnest will start later this year, in the fall,” Kelly said. “We know that this capability is going to be a real force-multiplier.”

Digital interoperability
As the mainstay of the Marine Corps’ amphibious force, the V-22 must have the same level of digital interoperability that every platform today is pursuing, Kelly said, noting that the capability had become something like an unofficial theme of the exposition.

“I’m sure every briefing you’ve gone to [presenters] will talk about the importance of being connected and networked as a platform,” he said. The warfighter of today, he noted, requires ever-increasing digital interoperability between ground forces, air forces and sea forces that ensure all share a common operating view of the battlespace.

According to Kelly, the program office’s initial step will be developing a response to an Urgent Universal Needs Statement that will go out to the fleet later next year. “Digital interoperability is a key capability that’s going to enable the Marine Corps and the V-22 to stay relevant and effective for the next 20 to 30 years,” he said."

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Unread post13 Apr 2018, 23:27

Missing URL article Source for post above: http://www.navair.navy.mil/index.cfm?fu ... ry&id=6783
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Unread post13 Apr 2018, 23:32

Marine Corps experimenting with sharing F-35’s data with soldiers
12 Apr 2018 Garrett Reim

"The US Marine Corps is experimenting with several ways to provide soldiers on the ground a link to sensor data gathered by the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II and other unmanned aircraft on a tablet computer.

The effort was disclosed by Lt Gen Steven Rudder, deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for aviation, during testimony before a US House Armed Services Committee hearing on fiscal 2019 budget requests for combat aviation programmes. In response to a question by Rep Jim Langevin about the service’s investment in “game-changing technologies,” Rudder pointed to the programme as what he called a simpler but impactful effort.

“We’re doing some experimentation right now out at our weapons tactics squadron with tablets,” said Rudder. “The goal would be, if you look out into the future, that corporal, that squad leader that’s going into the objective area on his tablet he’s got the same information that the F-35 is seeing or any unmanned system in the area is providing.” [we have read similar stories about this from previous articles scattered in this forum]...

...We're "taking all the information that’s being derived from the F-35 series of aircraft", Rudder says. "There are several different efforts out there right now to take all the waveforms (from the F-35) and condense it into the ability to get it down to the corporal on the ground."...

...A mission computer in the cockpit then fuses inputs from all four sensors -- as well as data from other F-35s -- into a single picture of the battlefield for the pilot to view. The F-35 pilot can share that picture with other aircraft using Link 16, but it doesn't have a way of directly transmitting that information to the ground.

In the last decade, the USAF has deployed two different aircraft to service as flying communications gateways and relay stations. These two aircraft -- the RQ-4 Block 20 Global Hawk and the Bombardier Global 6000-based E-11 -- translate encrypted messages sent using the Link 16 waveform into messages that can be received by other radios, including communications systems used by ground forces."

Source: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... ta-447666/
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