Test successful: F-35 Lightning II sends live target data to Missile Defense system
The F-35 Lightning II has completed a monumental milestone during a recent Orange Flag exercise, transmitting live targeting data to the Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS).
The system, developed by Northrop Grumman, was able to link up with the F-35’s onboard sensor suite, allowing it to “receive and develop fire control quality composite tracks” by “leveraging the F-35 as an elevated sensor.”
While an adaptation kit was required, it proved that the F-35 is capable of being a crucial intelligence and data platform for ground troops.
According to Insider, the sensor-heavy F-35 has been described by senior Air Force officers as “a computer that happens to fly.”
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