The US Air Force (USAF) and Boeing have demonstrated Talon HATE airborne networking system's ability to provide efficient and secure communication among multiple aircraft and ground stations.
Conducted at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, the demonstration involved the flight testing of Talon HATE pods on two F-15C aircraft.
During the testing, Talon HATE pods allowed test pilots to share information through the military’s Link 16, Common Data Link and Wideband Global SATCOM satellites.
USAF Talon HATE manager lieutenant colonel Christopher Bradley said: “We’ve completed developmental flight testing.
“We look forward to fielding this system, not only to immediately provide aircrews with actionable information faster and at a higher quality, but also to help the air force learn important lessons for the employment of tactical gateway systems in the future.”
The tests also proved the capabilities of the intra-flight datalink network used by the F-22 aircraft.
Using Talon, pilots can now transmit information quickly between the F-15C and other air force aircraft and weapon systems.
Boeing’s Talon HATE programme manager vice-president Paul Geery said: “This aerial network is a giant leap forward in tactical fighter capability with real-time connectivity and expanded information sharing.
“We are now demonstrating secure datalink connections between F-15Cs and F-22s in a way that integrates information for the pilot into a common operating picture.”
Boeing plans to conduct additional tests later this year with advanced sensors, which will offer improved aircraft targeting capabilities.
Image: The demonstration involved flight testing of Talon HATE pods on F-15C aircraft. Photo: courtesy of the US Air Force.