F-35 Demonstrate Interop Initial Coalition Mision Dat (CMDx)

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Unread post22 Aug 2020, 07:09

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Demonstrates Enhanced Interoperability with Initial Coalition Mission Data (CMDx) Flight Tests
20 Aug 2020 F-35 JPO [LONG ARTICLE - LONGER THAN the LOOONNGGG HEADLINE - best read at source]

"NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION CHINA LAKE, Calif. - F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter pilots from the U.S. and The Netherlands took to the air here Aug. 13-14 to demonstrate a new level of interoperability aimed at improving future combat data sharing among the U.S. Services, F-35 program international Cooperative Partners and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.

Commonly referred to as CMDx, coalition mission data is a concept that provides all operating participants with an equivalent source of data that ensures a common operating picture across a large multi-national force of F-35s. Essentially, CMDx will provide coalition air component commanders the assurance that all assets are seeing the same thing at the same time.

This concept also affords commanders the ability to operate a mixture of F-35s regardless of variant or nationality. Additionally, because CMDx operates from the same data source, situational awareness and combat identification are significantly improved.

“We need to think differently across the F-35 Enterprise about how we provide high-quality mission data to our coalition partners so that we can optimize the common operating picture they demand, while reducing the costs associated with producing unique mission data sets for an expanding customer base,” said F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) Executive Officer, Lt. Gen. Eric Fick. “The demonstration is paving the way for a new level of combat effectiveness and affordability in the reprogramming arena.”...

...Today, the U.S. F-35 fleet operates harmoniously through both robust data links and common mission data. However, introduce non-U.S. F-35s during coalition operations and the common operating picture can become disharmonious, leading to pilot confusion and poor decision making. The F-35 JPO’s Combat Data Systems team recognized this scenario and initiated engagement with key decision makers to break down legacy policy barriers. Working closely with the U.S. services’ mission data programming community and other stakeholders, the JPO led this CMDx demonstration to show how the common operating picture could be optimized during future coalition operations....

...Maj. Alex Esson, a U.S. F-35 pilot with Luke’s 944th Fighter Wing also worked with the F-35 JOTT to plan the four-ship and flew in the demo. According to Esson, the F-35 is finally breaking the mold and converting to an ‘integration is the standard’ mindset.

“For a long time, most countries have executed with an ‘integration by exception’ thought process and policy viewpoint,” said Esson. “Coalition MDx and common MADL [Multifunction Advanced Data Link] keys across the F-35 enterprise are a huge step in the right direction and allow all of us to properly integrate in a coalition environment. While there is still much work to be done, the trust and tactical experience gained when all F-35s in a fight share the same common picture will be invaluable to our individual countries’ wartime capability.”"

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Unread post16 Dec 2020, 18:38

The F-35′s interoperability tech strengthens US alliances
16 Dec 2020 Adm. Scott Swift (ret.) and Gen. Philip Breedlove (ret.)

"The U.S. State Department recently gave the green light to Finland and Switzerland to purchase the F-35 aircraft. It’s not a fait accompli — the F-35 still needs to win each country’s competitions — but it’s telling that two friendly, but non-NATO, European countries are seriously considering the adoption of America’s fifth-generation, front-line fighter as their own.

The interest of Finland and Switzerland in the F-35 is driven at least in part by the desire for a fighter that won’t be virtually obsolete upon delivery. But moreover, it further underscores the recognized necessity among our allies, partners and friends to improve our collective interoperability, especially among our air forces.... more countries are seeking interoperability with friends and allies, and the F-35 delivers in this crucially important area....

...A recent study, written by the think tank Rand and commissioned by U.S. European Command, hails the interoperability of the F-35 as a key element in Europe’s collective defense. The study asserts that “modernization among a number of European air forces, including through the introduction of fifth-generation aircraft, could offer an essential contribution to transatlantic security, enhance deterrence, and provide commanders much-needed combat power and flexibility in the event a major conflict ensues.”

The Rand study notes that NATO members are beginning to learn how to leverage “the F-35′s unique capability to provide battlefield situational awareness in highly contested environments.” The overall takeaway: The F-35 plays a critical role, now and for many years to come, in binding the United States and our European allies together, in peace, competition, or conflict....

...Allies from Norway to Poland in Europe, and from Australia to South Korea in the Pacific, are already realizing the tangible benefits afforded by the F-35′s interoperability. The F-35′s fifth-generation interoperability helps create connective tissue that reinforces relationships with allies, partners and friends who share common views and commitments. Operating side by side, we are simultaneously broadening and deepening those relationships through demonstrated commitment to each other. That interoperability makes the F-35 a unique and indispensable contribution to improving foreign relations with our allies and friends."

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Unread post17 Dec 2020, 02:20

If, the F-35 can pull off a win in both Finland and Switzerland. It could really hurt future prospects for the Typhoon and Rafale.

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Unread post17 Dec 2020, 03:06

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Gulf Countries, US Must Boost 4th & 5th Fifth Gen Fighter Data Sharing

Arab countries are looking at ways to better learn how to integrate fourth generation fighters with fifth generation platforms of allies.

By Chyrine Mezher
on December 16, 2020 at 11:20 AM

BEIRUT: The fact that the United Arab Emirates looks likely to receive F-35 fighter jets does not mean its Arab allies will be able to share the advanced data the fifth generation fighter can gather. For example, It would take Bahrain up to 10 years before it can integrate its fourth generation aircraft with the F-35 fleet, Brig. Gen. Munther Majed Nasser Al-Khalifa, acting fighter wing Commander of the Royal Bahrain Air Force said.

“This is not going to happen overnight,” the general said during the virtual Manama airpower symposium (MAPS 2020). “Our combat-proven fourth generation aircraft will be around for at least the next two decades, so we need to find ways to better learn how to integrate them with fifth generation platforms of allies.”

The Bahraini air force is set to receive 16 new F-16 Block 70 aircraft, with the first being planned for summer 2022.

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/12/gul ... a-sharing/
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Unread post17 Dec 2020, 03:14

Corsair1963 wrote: ... It could really hurt future prospects for the Typhoon and Rafale.


Being obsolescent against high-end sensors and SAMs doesn't help, same for Gripen-E or Shornet Block III. Without enough 5th gens to hold the air and kill the SAMS for them plus apply EW while maintaining the ability to break kill chains those are 'go-slow' options, for a go-fast conflict. Both countries need at least one squadron of F-35.

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Unread post17 Dec 2020, 05:06

element1loop wrote:
Corsair1963 wrote: ... It could really hurt future prospects for the Typhoon and Rafale.


Being obsolescent against high-end sensors and SAMs doesn't help, same for Gripen-E or Shornet Block III. Without enough 5th gens to hold the air and kill the SAMS for them plus apply EW while maintaining the ability to break kill chains those are 'go-slow' options, for a go-fast conflict. Both countries need at least one squadron of F-35.

But not Germany ................... they have Angie's frown .................. the horror ...



Honestly, both Germany and Spain need the F-35A. The former for the Nuclear Strike Role. While, the latter to replace their Hornets (Air Force) and Harriers (Navy).

Yet, the internal and external political pressure is making that decision difficult. Nonetheless, Germany appears set to just buy more Typhoons. While, Spain could buy a mix of Typhoons and F-35's. Which, is really what Germany should have done. Maybe Bidens win in the US over Trump. Will soften their positions???
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Unread post17 Dec 2020, 10:28

Corsair1963 wrote:If, the F-35 can pull off a win in both Finland and Switzerland. It could really hurt future prospects for the Typhoon and Rafale.

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I think so too Finland because of proximity to Russia and having about 1340 km border with it. So anything that gets selected is considered the best choice to protect that border. Switzerland would hurt Rafale mostly, because of proximity and close ties with France. Both are also known to have extremely thorough competitions for major military equipment. Also the numbers would be pretty significant for all competitors (although least significant for F-35).
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Unread post17 Dec 2020, 10:33

hornetfinn wrote:
Corsair1963 wrote:If, the F-35 can pull off a win in both Finland and Switzerland. It could really hurt future prospects for the Typhoon and Rafale.

:shock:


I think so too Finland because of proximity to Russia and having about 1340 km border with it. So anything that gets selected is considered the best choice to protect that border. Switzerland would hurt Rafale mostly, because of proximity and close ties with France. Both are also known to have extremely thorough competitions for major military equipment. Also the numbers would be pretty significant for all competitors (although least significant for F-35).


I see Finland going with the F-35. While, Switzerland could go either way. (F-35 or Rafale)

Going to be interesting.... :wink:

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