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Air Force to the F-35 “threat library” to help ID Chinese J-20 and the Russian PAK-50 fighters

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The air force is now adding new information about enemy aircraft to the F-35 “threat library” database designed to accurately identify enemy planes that are in other high-risk areas all over the world – as a Chinese J-20 stealth fighter or the Russian T-50 PAK FA 5th Gen fighter, service leaders said.

Described as the brains of the aircraft, the mission “data files” are extensive on-board data systems to collect information about the geography, the air, space, and potential threats in areas where the F-35 can be expected to perform combat operations, Air Force officials explained.

“New threat changes are reviewed and incorporated in the updated mission data files on the basis of established priorities. The mission data files are fielded to the us Marine Corps and the u.s. Air Force, in support of operations, test, training and exercises,” Maj. Emily Grabowski, Air Force spokeswoman, told the Warrior Maven.

Consisting of hardware and software, the mission data files are essentially a database of known threats and friendly aircraft in specific parts of the world. The files continue to work at a reprogramming laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Air Force officials said.

The mission of the data files that are designed to operate with the aircraft of the Radar Warning Receiver is designed to locate and identify approaching enemy threats and incoming hostile fire. The concept is the use of the F-35s long-range sensors to detect threats and then comparing the data against the existing library of enemy threats in real time during a flight. If this can happen at a favourable stand-off range for the F-35, it will be able to identify and destroy enemy air-to-air targets before they are vulnerable themselves to enemy fire.

The mission data packages loaded with a wide range of information to include commercial airliner information and specifics on Russian and Chinese fighter jets. For example, the mission data system would enable a pilot to quickly identify a Russian MiG-29 if they were detected by the F-35 sensors.

“The Mission data files are based on the requirement,” said Grabowski

While the progress on the Eglin laboratory, progresses steadily, the integration of the mission data files for the F-35 have experienced a number of delays, prompted the current effort to accelerate the pace, so the aircraft has the most extensive threat library.

In short, the air force is developing 12 different mission data files for 12 different geographic areas, Air Force officials have told Warrior Maven in previous interviews.

While Grabowski said that the Mission data file information on a specific enemy platforms and specific global threat areas, of course, was not available for reasons of safety, did they say that the technology of today, that the last F-35 configuration of the software – called 3f.

The most recently executed software upgrade Block 3f increase the weapons delivery capacity of the JSF, giving it the ability to drop a Small Diameter Bomb, 500-pound JDAM and AIM 9X short-range air-to-air missile, service officials explained.

“The mission of data is created in the support of version 2B, 3i and 3f,” Grabowski added.

The air force is already at work on a 4th drop to be ready in 2020 or 2021. After this initial drop, the phones will be equipped with new software drops in two year steps to stay ahead of the threat. The service is also engaged with the massively accelerate the pace of software upgrades as a way to react quickly to new threats.

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Block IV will also be a few unique partner weapons, including the British weapons, Turkish weapons and some of the other European countries the weapons that they want to get on their own plane, service officials explained.

Block IV will also increase the weapons envelope for the AMERICAN variant of the fighter jet. A large part of the development analysis for Block 4 is to work on the forms of the enemy air defence systems and weapons of the aircraft, the face of the 2020 through 2040 and beyond.

In terms of weapons, Block IV will eventually enable the F-35 to fire its cutting edge weapon systems, such as the Small Diameter Bomb II and GBU-54 – both air dropped bombs able to destroy targets on the move.

The Small Diameter Bomb II uses a technology called “tri-mode” seeker, on the basis of infrared, millimeter wave, and laser-guidance. The combination of these sensors allow the weapon to track and eliminate moving targets in all types of weather conditions.

The emerging 4th software drop build on the prior versions of the software for the aircraft.

Block 2B builds upon the enhanced simulated weapons, data link capabilities and early fused sensor integration of the earlier Block 2A software drop. Block 2B will the JSF for close air support and fire an AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile), JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) or GBU-12 (laser-guided aerial bomb) JSF program officials said.

Next Block 2B, Block 3i increases the combat capabilities even further and the operational 3F brings a much greater ability to suppress enemy air defences.

The mission data packages loaded with a wide range of information to include commercial airliner information and specifics on Russian and Chinese fighter jets. For example, the mission data system would enable a pilot to quickly identify a Russian MiG-29 if they were detected by the F-35 sensors.

The mission data files are designed to adapt to the new threat and intelligence information as shown.

In short, the air force is developing 12 different mission data files for 12 different geographic areas, Air Force officials said.

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