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Postby brar_w » 20 Apr 2021 17:59

Step 1 - Integrate the VLO fighter sensors into your integrated Fire Control counter-air networks (2016 demonstrations)
Step 2 - Field an operational VLO strike fighter
Step 3 - Integrate NIFC-CA antennas (counter-air integrated fire control network) into your 4+ generation platform variant (Block 3 SH)
Step 4 - Integrate a composite track processor ( DTP-N) into the 4+ generation platform's hardware upgrade (Block 3 SH)
Step 5 - Demonstrate a very long range air launched multi-mission weapon capability (this Aviation Week published image was captured in 2018).

This is the perfect multi function weapon if you had a penetrating aircraft being inducted and hoards of non VLO aircraft that could support it from a safe distance (with the processing and networking hardware mentioned above). Would be interesting to know if they decided to pursue this further and actually fielded something to some degree now that some of those steps are panning out (F-35C is operational, Block III SH is in testing and a new compatible data-link for the SM series of missile is being fielded for a surface application).

SM-6-Like Missile Exposed In New Test Photo


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Maiden flight of first EMD Red Hawk jet slated for September 2021

The US Air Force (USAF) has slated September 2021 for the maiden flight of the first of five engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) Boeing-Saab T-7A Red Hawk...


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https://twitter.com/CavasShips/status/1 ... 86112?s=20 ---> Very unusual image of the Commanding Officer and Executive Officer of destroyer USS MUSTIN DDG89 as they shadow Chinese carrier LIAONING 16 in the Philippine Sea on 04 April 2021. The US Navy rarely acknowledges both its efforts to shadow Chinese ships and Chinese shadowing US ships.

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^^^
The way CO legs are kept he wants the chinese to see the sole size stamped on the bottom of his shoes.

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Postby Rakesh » 23 Apr 2021 00:26

Can someone confirm the authenticity of this video? Click on first link below for video....

https://twitter.com/PressTV/status/1384 ... 18149?s=20 ---> Iran's IRGC drone takes precise footage as it flies over US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.

https://twitter.com/Amitraaz/status/138 ... 55621?s=20 ---> Edited footage from 2005

IRGC drones capture strikingly precise footage of US aircraft carrier
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/04/ ... ft-carrier
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We Talk F-15EX’s New Radar With The Woman Who Runs The Program Behind It

The US Air Force also received its second F-15EX test aircraft. This one will be used for the Operational test portion of the joint OT/DT. The remaining six (from the order of 8 placed in July 2020) will begin arriving after October. The first twelve aircraft for the first unit (ordered this fiscal year) are going to be delivered starting late 2022/early 2023.

Second F-15EX test aircraft arrives at Eglin AFB


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The largest manned and unmanned integration exercise the US Navy has ever held just concluded -


The U.S. Navy has announced that a team of manned and unmanned assets spotted a mock surface target and then sent targeting information to the Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS John Finn, which then hit it with an SM-6 missile, yesterday. That live-fire event was one part of a huge drone-focused experiment that wrapped up today and that also included testing involving swarming capabilities, small drone boats, submarine-launched unmanned underwater vehicles, manned and unmanned platforms working together to conduct anti-submarine operations, and more.

Navy Rear Admiral James Aiken, the commander of the experiment, formally known as Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem 21 (UxS IBP 21), along with Rear Admiral Robert Gaucher, the Director of the Maritime Headquarters at U.S. Pacific Fleet, provided the new details during in a call with reporters on April 26, 2021. The exercise had officially kicked off on April 19.

Rear Admiral Gaucher said a total of 29 different unmanned systems had taken part in the event, with approximately 50 percent of them being unmanned surface vessels (USV), around 30 percent being unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV), and the remaining 20 percent or so being aerial platforms. The Navy has not provided a comprehensive list of the unmanned assets that participated in UxS IBP 21, but we do know a wide range of designs, from more traditional drones, such as the General Atomics MQ-9B Sea Guardian, to various tiers of USVs and UUVs, and even high-altitude balloons, were involved.

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Here Is Our First Look At The USMC’s NMESIS: NSM Being Launched From An Unmanned JLTV


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The Marines will use NMESIS to support the U.S. Navy from the shore against enemy ships. NMESIS is comprised of the Raytheon Missiles & Defense-made NSM and a Remotely Operated Ground Unit for Expeditionary (ROGUE) Fires vehicle, produced by Oshkosh Defense..As we reported previously, the USMC selection of Naval Strike Missiles from Raytheon was first announced in May 2019. The image released today confirms that the USMC uses an unmanned variant of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) known as “ROGUE Fires”, as the NSM launch platform. The same vehicles is used for rockets:


Graphic showing the 6 GMLRS launcher configuration of the same vehicle -

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Postby brar_w » 29 Apr 2021 05:12

The first in class Ford CVN has completed her last independent steaming event concluding full combat system testing including the radar, EW, ESSM and RAM missile testing. Next up is going to be PSA to add test instrumentation, followed by full ship shock trials followed by another PSA period for damage repair before embarking on the first long-duration operational deployment -

EMALS, AAG Hit 8,000 Aircraft Recoveries, Launches on Ford


The Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) and Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) achieved 8,000 aircraft recoveries and launches aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on April 19, during the final independent steaming event of her 18-month Post Delivery Test & Trials (PDT&T) period, the Naval Air Systems Command said in an April 26 release.

Capt. Kenneth Sterbenz, Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) program manager (PMA-251) for EMALS and AAG, said ALRE finished PDT&T strong, and they are ready for the next step, as Ford prepares for Full Ship Shock Trials, which is scheduled to begin summer 2021.

“ALRE’s support of EMALS and AAG was admirable throughout the rigorous testing of PDT&T operations,” said Sterbenz. “On the way to reaching 8,000 launches and recoveries, we saw many Ford crew trained, learned a great deal about the systems, and laid invaluable groundwork for future Ford-class ships.”

As CVN 78 moved through PDT&T, ALRE had the opportunity to directly support the fleet, as 351 Naval aviators were qualified using EMALS and AAG throughout 2020 and 2021. Time and training also enabled a great increase in the efficiency of flight operations. More than 7,000 of Ford’s total launches and recoveries were completed in the last 18 months.

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Postby brar_w » 29 Apr 2021 18:04

Initial plan was to send the Test F-15E's that have running the EPAWSS hardware and software suite into Northern Edge. It seems they've also added the two F-15EX's which would offer some enhancement because I believe the F-15E EPAWSS test fleet is not currently running the new mission computers while the F-15EX's are. This will also give them an early opportunity to integrate the F-15EX with F-35A's, and F-22A's both of which will be present there in quantity. The Air National Guard will operate all three types so having an early jump on that would be helpful before the type begins arriving at its schoolhouse next year.

Brand-New F-15EX to Participate in Northern Edge Exercise, JADC2 Experiments


Both of the Air Force’s new F-15EX Eagle II fighters will fly in the Northern Edge exercise in Alaska next week to participate in broader joint all-domain command and control experiments, 11th Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. David A. Krumm said April 28. The jets will also employ their new electronic warfare suites in the wargame.

We’re bringing up F-15EX … with its capabilities, including the EPAWSS,” or Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System electronic warfare suite, to participate in Northern Edge 2021, Krumm said from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, during an AFA “Air and Space Warfighters in Action” streaming event. The first of the two aircraft departed April 28 from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where they are in both developmental and operational testing. Both aircraft were delivered earlier this month from Boeing Co. They will operate out of JBER for the wargame.

The exercise will include “every aspect of JADC2,” Krumm said. Experimental systems include SpaceX Starlink satellites, new remote satellite terminals from the Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office—which manages the Advanced Battle Management System—as well as “different technologies in the electromagnetic spectrum, jamming with radars, … [and] a whole array” of new experiments. The Navy’s USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier is in Alaskan waters for the exercise, he noted.

Krumm said he couldn’t be too specific about what will be tested because “a lot of what we want to do, we’re still working on.” He said Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach, head of Pacific Air Forces, will be “uber-focused on ‘how do I connect all these sensors and shooters together?’” The wargame should “advance JADC2,” Krumm said....


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Postby brar_w » 29 Apr 2021 19:14

34.5 Inch diameter, Long range Hypersonic weapon (IR-CPS in Navy speak) will be added to the DDG-1000 class with the first deployment with this capability slated for 2025 ahead of the SSGN and SSN classes which have been marked for these weapons for quite a while now.

It is clear that the main mission of the DDG-1000 class will be surface warfare and strike as opposed to the BMD and cruiser roles for the Tico's and Burkes. The ship will be the first to deploy the Mach 5 class SM-6 1B missile as well which is compatible with its VLS allowing a large magazine. IR-CPS count should be between 6-8 rounds depending upon the type of solution they integrate. Throw in Block V Tomahawks that will be some serious firepower given that the ship is not going to be loaded with anything besides self-defense interceptors given it won't be tasked with escort or area defense. Given the quad packed ESSM Block 2's, and dual use SM-6 IA's and 1B's, you could have well over 50 cells kitted for offensive missiles in addition to the 6-8 cells dedicated for IR-CPS. That's a lot more firepower than what any Burke class can or will ever carry given its mission constraints.

CNO: Hypersonic Weapons at Sea to Premiere on Zumwalt Destroyers in 2025


The Navy is set to debut its first at-sea hypersonic missiles aboard one of the service’s three Zumwalt-class destroyers in four years, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said on Tuesday.

Rather than have the Navy’s first weapons capable of traveling Mach 5 of faster fire from guided-missile submarines “by 2025,” as previously planned, Gilday said that the Zumwalts would be the first platform to field hypersonics during an event at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

“Fielding hypersonics on the Zumwalt-class destroyers will be an important move forward [to] turn that into a strike platform,” he said..

Gilday’s comments differ from the Navy’s earlier plans, announced last year, to initially field the hypersonic weapons on the existing quartet of Ohio-class guided-missile submarines (SSGN) and then the Block V Virginia-class attack subs that will replace them.

Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe, the head of the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs, said in November that the Navy could see a “limited operating capability” of the hypersonic weapon by 2025 in the SSGNs.

“I think we understand the technology: we’ve proven that in flight, we’ve proven that in the things we do. It really is transitioning to production, which we all know in any development program that anybody’s dealt with – the science is great, you go out and build one-offs, and then transitioning that to a very repeatable process so you get the reliability that you need, and that’s exactly where we’re at right now.”

For Zumwalt, the Navy has studied replacing at least one of the 155 mm gun mounts with one or two MAC tubes to field the missile. While the study work is moving forward, there is not yet a program of record to modify the Zumwalts to field the tubes. Given the timeline laid out by Gilday, the money could likely be part of the Fiscal Year 2022 budget expected to emerge sometime in May, USNI News understands. It’s also unclear which platform would receive the missiles first.

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Postby brar_w » 01 May 2021 00:59

The USMC has received the first APG-79(V)4 Gallium Nitride based AESA radar prototype. They'll start receiving the first 25 operational radars later this year for the F-18 Classic Hornet fleet upgrade program. About 60 additional radars will be outfitted between 2022 and 2024. As far as I know, these are the only in production GaN based FCR's for an operational fighter aircraft. I suspect the F-15EX will transition to this capability in subsequent delivery lots as well (if they haven't already).

Raytheon Intelligence & Space Delivered Prototype Radar to U.S. Marine Corps


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Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business (NYSE: RTX), delivered the APG-79(V)4 AESA radar prototype to the U.S. Marine Corps. The prototype allows for early flight testing and completion of weapon systems integration on the Hornet platform.

The APG-79(V)4 is a scaled version of the APG-79 AESA radar that helps pilots detect and track enemy aircraft from farther distances and with more accuracy than the legacy APG-73 system. The radar’s improved targeting capabilities provide an edge in crucial operations including air-to-air, maritime strike and air-to-surface missions. Powered by gallium nitride (GaN), the APG-79(V)4 is the first domestic implementation of a GaN-based fire control radar, with GaN Transmit/Receive Modules embedded directly into the array.

“Aircrews must have access to new tools to support readiness,” said Eric Ditmars, vice president of Secure Sensor Solutions for RI&S. “The upgrade to AESA radar offers increased reliability and sustainability for the customer, which equates to lower maintenance and repair costs, and increased aircraft availability.”

The smaller radar shares much of the same parts and technology as the AN/APG-79 radar used in the F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft.

The first 25 production AESA radars will be delivered starting in December 2021 as part of the $83.6 million production contract awarded in 2020.
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The Hunt For A Soviet Submarine Desperately Trying To Sneak Through The Strait Of Gibraltar

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40286/the-hunt-for-a-soviet-submarine-desperately-trying-to-sneak-through-the-strait-of-gibraltar?utm_source=pocket-newtab-intl-en

Found this very interesting account from a radar operator on board a US destroyer during the 1960's of how they forced a Russian Foxtrot sub to surface. Nice educational read and felt like sharing.

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I hope some this equipment is there on our Chinooks.

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Lockheed Martin makes a major breakthrough in future communications for joint warfighting


Named Project Hydra, the latest flight test leveraged an Open Systems Gateway (OSG) payload aboard the U-2 to connect an F-22 to five F-35s via native Intra-Flight Data Link (IFDL) and Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL), successfully sharing data between all airborne aircraft and with nodes on the ground. The target tracks were also transmitted by and through the U-2 into the fighter avionics and pilot displays.

“Project Hydra marks the first time that bi-directional communications were established between 5th Generation aircraft in-flight while also sharing operational and sensor data down to ground operators for real-time capability,” said Jeff Babione, vice president and general manager, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®. “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.”

The Project Hydra effort also marked the first time F-35 sensor data was delivered to an operational ground system over a Tactical Targeting Network Terminal (TTNT) link using an airborne gateway. This data was then sent to the US Army Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) Airborne Sensor Adaptation Kit (A-Kit), also developed by Lockheed Martin. The A-Kit then transmitted data to the IBCS Tactical System Integration Laboratory (TSIL) at Fort Bliss, Texas. IBCS used the F-35 sensor data to conduct a simulated Army fires exercise.

The core of the Hydra payload leverages the Open Mission Systems (OMS) compliant Enterprise Mission Computer 2 (EMC2), facilitating F-22, F-35, TTNT and Link-16 connections. By leveraging both line-of-sight (LOS) and beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) datalink capabilities of the U-2, data can now be shared directly to tactical users and globally to command and control (C2) nodes like the Common Mission Control Center (CMCC). During this demonstration, both the CMCC and Shadow Operations Center at Nellis Air Force Base were able to view the sensor and platform data to enable situational awareness for operational command and control of highly capable air assets.



These mission payloads are getting pretty compact. The particular waveforms being reported are all in different part of the RF spectrum and at least a couple have to comply with LPI and LPD requirements. Pretty impressive stuff. One has to wonder what things like the RQ-180 have in terms of payload.

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F-35 Is Now the Air Force’s Second-largest Fighter Fleet

The F-35A fleet is now the second-largest in the Air Force’s inventory, behind the F-16, surpassing F-15s and A-10s.

There are now 283 Joint Strike Fighters in the Air Force’s arsenal, compared to 281 A-10s, 234 F-15C/Ds, and 218 F-15Es. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. told the House Appropriations defense subcommittee on May 7 the F-35 reached the milestone within the last week...


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