On the modern battlefield information is crucial. Knowing that, U.S. Air Force researchers are reaching out to industry to find companies able to design an advanced version of the 5th to 4th Gen Gateway that enables jet fighters of different generations to share a common picture over different tactical data links.
The system must enable fifth-generation stealth fighters like the F-22 and F-35 to share a common battlespace picture over different tactical data link as the first increment does, but also must have an infrared search and track (IRST) sensor as a stealthy alternative to radar to scan the skies for enemy aircraft.
This system pivotal role is also to provide common multispectral tactical picture between multiple aircraft with satellite communication included. It’s especially important during air-to-air combat where knowledge about enemy and his maneuvers is often a key to success.
Author: Daniel Kasprzycki
Photo: F-15 and F-22 in a common training flight