The US Air Force (USAF) E-8C joint surveillance target attack radar system (Joint STARS) operators have started testing of the new joint range extension applications protocol (JREAP-C) system at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, US.
The JREAP-C system is claimed to enable E-8C operators to receive and transmit crucial data to more joint agencies at a farther distance than previously possible.
116th Operations Group Georgia Air National Guard air intelligence functional evaluator major Michael Moore said the JREAP-C combined with the existing capabilities will provide the operators with the ability to see the battlespace in real-time before arriving on station.
"Beyond line of sight capability will ensure we are that much more ahead of the game before we show up," Moore said.
"This extension of our current Joint Tactical Information Distribution System beyond line of sight will ultimately enable us to provide increased situational awareness to decision makers across the globe."
Before starting the testing, the crew members trained on the new capability during the five-day JT-101 multi-tactical data link network operations course, conducted by the Joint Interoperability Division (JID) at the airbase.
During initial testing of the JREAP-C system, the JSTARS operators utilised their training to successfully test connecting and coordination with ground servers from both Southern and Pacific Commands.
Documented in MIL-STD-3011 and STANAG 5518 Interoperability Standard, the JREAP extends the tactical data link (TDL) range by enabling transmission of tactical data over long-distance networks, without degradation to the message format or content.
The JREAP-C is a secure data link interface that encapsulates JREAP over internet protocol (IP) using IP-based networks for the exchange of information.