An F-16 Fighting Falcon in exercise Fertile Keynote Nov. 19, 2009, above South Carolina. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force
Stauder Technologies’ HydeDM tactical data link system is now compatible with the F-16.
The plug-and-play HydeDM 302 provides new messaging standards to upgrade the F-16 for interoperability with NATO and coalition joint tactical attack controller ground kits and other aircraft, according to Stauder. Because of its swap-out nature, the system is advertised as a low-cost, fast and easy way to bring F-16s up to modern standards for digitally aided close air support missions.
The Royal Danish Air Force was among the first to take delivery of the system, having completed test flights and accepted delivery in December.