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New satellite communications aid F-16 mission
F-16.net ^ | 3/6/2010 | 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

Posted on 03/07/2010 8:22:20 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld

This capability allows F-16 pilots to communicate using four geosynchronous satellites 22,300 miles above the equator.

F-16 pilots can now converse beyond the line of sight to command and control agencies in Iraq. Previously, pilots were relied on line of sight radio capability to communicate. With that, a straight line between the transmitting and receiving end was needed for successful communication, and it was limited by range, mountains and other obstructions.

Now with the satellite communication system high above the earth, the line of sight is no longer an issue.

"The new capability allows us to communicate with joint-terminal air controllers in the field from long distances over a very secure and reliable means," said Maj. Donald Freud, 77th EFS assistant director of operations. "It also allows us to communicate with command and control agencies hundreds of miles away when other communication means are unreliable. It is a force multiplier allowing for more centralized control, decentralized execution lending better battlespace awareness by the Combined Air Operations Center."

In its short use, the new frequency has proved beneficial to the aircrew. Members of the 77th were able to pass along word that an incoming sand storm was about to hit the area a pilot was flying in. The pilot was able to land early and safely due to the timely transmission of information

(Excerpt) Read more at f-16.net ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: aerospace; communication; f16; geosynchronous; satellites; usaf

1 posted on 03/07/2010 8:22:20 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: Jet Jaguar

ping


2 posted on 03/07/2010 8:25:30 PM PST by freedumb2003 ( Tagline lost -- anyone seen it?)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Between the F-22 and the extended abilities of the F-16 (being manufactured — these are NOT old airframes), the F-35 looks more and more redundant (IMHO).


3 posted on 03/07/2010 8:27:50 PM PST by freedumb2003 ( Tagline lost -- anyone seen it?)
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To: sonofstrangelove

I would have thunk this capability was available 10-20 years ago.


4 posted on 03/07/2010 8:32:27 PM PST by OCC
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To: OCC
Ditto
Ten years ago at least
5 posted on 03/07/2010 8:34:35 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: sonofstrangelove

They couldn’t just carry a Sat phone in the cockpit?


6 posted on 03/07/2010 9:25:53 PM PST by RockyMtnMan
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To: RockyMtnMan

RF won’t go through the canopy, plus all stuff like that has to be run through the RF engineers for interference testing.


7 posted on 03/07/2010 9:39:50 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: OCC
I would have thunk this capability was available 10-20 years ago.

Think about putting a satellite dish in a little bitty F-16, and keeping it pointed at the satellite. Now they have "flat" array antennas which can track the satellites. Receiving was probably possible quite a while ago, but talking, that's harder.

8 posted on 03/07/2010 11:40:19 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: OCC
This is decades’ old technology. The F-16 has been in production since the l970s. I find it hard to believe that they have just recently added the ability to conquer the line-of-sight limitation for communications.
9 posted on 03/07/2010 11:47:38 PM PST by octex
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To: freedumb2003
Is this article talking about non-combat situations?

If not, I thought AWACS provided this type of communication.

10 posted on 03/08/2010 12:23:00 AM PST by Texas Jack (No, I'm the Tea Party leader)
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