- Boeing and US Air Force demonstrate key airborne networking system
- Talon HATE is developed by a USAF program designed to rapidly field key capabilities
Boeing and the US Air Force (USAF) recently demonstrated that multiple aircraft and ground stations can communicate using the company's Talon HATE airborne networking system, according to a company statement.
During flight testing at Nellis Air Force Base in New Mexico, Talon HATE pods on two F-15C aircraft enabled test pilots to share information through the military's Link 16, Common Data Link and Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) Communication (SATCOM) satellites. The tests also validated intra-flight datalink network capabilities used by F-22 Raptor aircraft. Pilots using the system can transmit information quickly between the F-15C Eagle and other USAF aircraft and weapon systems.
USAF Talon HATE manager Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Bradley said in a statement the USAF has completed developmental flight test and it looks forward to fielding the system. Boeing will conduct additional tests later this year with advanced sensors, which the company believes will offer improved aircraft targeting capabilities.
Boeing spokesperson Cheryl Sampson said on 10 May that Boeing is under contract with the USAF for Talon HATE, but deferred a request for specifics to the USAF, which had not answered Jane's request for comment at the time of writing. Sampson said Talon HATE is being developed for the USAF, as opposed to also being marketing to potential international customers.
Boeing on 29 March was awarded a USD18.7 million contract modification from the USAF for sustainment of the AN/APG-63(V)1, AN/APG-63(V)2, AN/APG-63(V)3, and Talon HATE radar subsystems. On 23 December 2014, Boeing was also awarded a firm-fixed-price, undefinitised contract action worth no more than USD64.2 million for the continued availability of operational APG-63(V)1, APG-63(V)2, APG-63(V)3, and Talon HATE radars after aircraft installation.
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