Jumat, Februari 12, 2010

First Link 16 Vigilare-AEW&C transmission

Boeing Defence Australia has announced that Project Vigilare, the Australian network centric C3 system, recently completed its first data transmission with a RAAF Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft using Link 16.

The Link 16 data transmission took place in December 2009 between the Vigilare system installed at the RAAF's Northern Regional Operations Centre in the Northern Territory, and an airborne Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft performing training missions over Australia's east coast.

Link 16 capability will enable the RAAF to transfer and receive critical tactical data from Australian Defence Force platforms including Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft, F/A-18 Hornets, F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, and naval assets, as well as future platforms such as Aegis-equipped Air Warfare Destroyers and P-8 maritime reconnaissance aircraft.

"As Vigilare is an extremely complex system-of-systems project requiring the merging of data from a large number of dynamic and disparate sources, the successful demonstration via Link 16 was a good indication of the progress that is being made and a further risk reduction activity ahead of the operational test event that will occur this year," Air Commodore Steve Sheedy, Director General - Surveillance and Control branch of the DMO, said.

"Vigilare represents a fundamental shift in command and control systems, and Australia is leading the way in its development," Steve Parker, Boeing Defence Australia vice president and general manager for Network & Space Systems - Australia, said.

" NC3S is one of the most capable surveillance and battlespace-management systems available that has application with air forces and higher defence headquarters around the world.

"We are pleased with the level of interest being shown internationally, and we are currently working with several international customers to define their future NC3S requirements."

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