Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Key F-35 data link tested

The Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL) waveform was successfully demonstrated in an F-35 flight test, validating an eight-year development effort. MADL, provided by Northrop Grumman's F-35 integrated communications, navigation and identification (CNI) avionics, provides pilots the equivalent capability of more than 27 avionics subsystems. The F-35 CNI avionics on two F-35 aircraft established the MADL link between two airborne platforms for the first time. Data passed between aircraft via MADL was correlated with data from other F-35 sensors by Lockheed Martin's fusion system to form a simplified situational awareness picture on the cockpit displays. Northrop Grumman, part of the Lockheed Martin F-35 team, also produces the center fuselage; designed and produces the radar and electro-optical subsystem; develops mission systems and mission planning software; leads the team's development of pilot and maintenance training system courseware; and manages the team's use, support and maintenance of low-observable technologies. (Source: Northrop Grumman, PRNewswire, 04/23/13) Gulf Coast ties: The F-35 training center is at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.