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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

F-35 Data Link Completes Flight Test

Northrop Grumman's Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL) waveform completed a successful F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program flight test, a demonstration that validated eight years of developing an advanced communications link, according to the company. 
 
 
The flight test established the MADL link between two F-35s using the aircraft's communications, navigation and identification (CNI) avionics. According to Northrop Grumman, the integrated CNI system gives F-35 pilots the equivalent capability of more than 27 avionics subsystems. 
 
The MADL link passed data between aircraft to create a situational awareness picture on each of the F-35 cockpit displays. 
 
"During the flight tests, MADL functioned reliably with excellent range at multiples of required specifications while demonstrating ability to network fifth-generation fighters," said Mike Twyman, vice president and general manager of the defense systems division for Northrop Grumman. "This success is a significant achievement for the F-35 program and enabling joint aerial concept of operations." 
 
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