The US Navy (USN) has revealed work to explore potential near-term improvements in F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler survivability, situational awareness, and enhanced targeting as part of the ‘Netted Sensors 2017’ (NS17) fleet experiment.
Undertaken in August this year, NS17 entailed a programme of high-priority operational experiments sponsored by the commanders of US Fleet Forces Command and Pacific Fleet. The experiment was conducted by Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC) as part of the fiscal 2017 Fleet Experimentation (FLEX) programme.
According to the Fall 2017 edition of Director, Air Warfare Division’s in-house publication Naval Aviation News , the NS17 event focused on networking sensors over the new Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT) datalink, which provided information to ships and to Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s (NAWCAD’s) Surface/Aviation Interoperability Laboratory (SAIL) as they executed long-range war at sea scenarios.
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