US Air Force F-15C Eagle air-supiority fighters serve as guinea pigs for a new communication and information sharing that is somewhat curiously has been dubbed (Talon) HATE. Boeing has tested the system and it will now aim at delivery of the pod mounted system to operational squadrons in 2015.
Talon HATE combines information from fighter networks, national sources and joint command and control assets. Transmitting over data-links, the information can then be used by joint aircraft, ships and ground stations, improving communication and information sharing across the so-called “battlespace”.
As part of the development, the Boeing team integrated the Intra Flight Data Link (IFDL) used on F-22 aircraft within a proven flight communications system, called the Multifunctional Information Distribution System-JTRS (or MIDS-J) used on the F/A-18 Hornet. MIDS-J serves as a host for multiple concurrent communications waveforms that are essential for Talon HATE forward operations.