F-35 Block 4

Cockpit, radar, helmet-mounted display, and other avionics
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Unread post01 Jul 2019, 02:51

SpudmanWP wrote:
hythelday wrote:Looks like Block 4 shuts down "F-35 has closed architecture" and "F-35 isn't system of systems" arguments from SCAF thread.


The "code" is still closed, ie not available to view.

What they are doing is improving and opening up the existing APIs that are in the jet. This is how Israel is adding its C4 functionality without needing to see any of the code that operates the jet. Block 4 already is bringing the UAI API (not F-35 unique) that will open up the weapons capability without having to do block upgrades each time.


Software for SCAF won't be freeware either.
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Unread post01 Jul 2019, 03:02

hythelday wrote:Software for SCAF won't be freeware either.

?????
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Unread post01 Jul 2019, 03:13

SpudmanWP wrote:
hythelday wrote:Software for SCAF won't be freeware either.

?????



US isn't giving away source code, but I am fairly sure neither will the French. It remains to be seen how open an architecture SCAF shall become, e.g. what priveleges SCAF users will get in terms of plugging their own gear and homegrown devrlopment.
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Unread post01 Jul 2019, 03:19

"open" does not mean free.

"Open" means accessible and expandable in a standardized format. In the F-35 this will take the form of standardized APIs that will allow users to develop their own "apps", like Israel's C4 system that runs on the F-35's CNI.

Currently, it's only for "Apps", but plans are to open it up to custom "pods" such as ISR, jamming, etc.
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