posted on Jan, 19 2016 @ 09:35 PM
a reply to: seagull
The F-22 and the F-35 use what are essentially private datalinks. The rest of the Air Force uses the Link 16, which provides a lot of information to
other aircraft but has the issue of being detectable by just about anything out there. So the F-22 and the F-35 use a low probability of intercept
(LPI) datalink. Which is great for them remaining stealthy, but, and this is a doozy, it doesn't talk to anything but other F-22s and F-35s without
Initially that was the BACN, or Battlefield Airborne Communications Node. It's still used, but that adds another platform requirement to the fight,
and it's usually a slow, high flying, vulnerable airframe. They were using the WB-57 at one point, as well as a Global Hawk.
Enter Talon HATE. Talon HATE is a fifth to fourth datalink conversion system. It removes the requirement for another airframe, since it's carried on
the F-15. It converts the Link 16 used by pretty much everything, into a language that the F-22 and F-35 systems will be able to understand, and
talks to them. So this way they can all share information without relying on the radio, or an intermediary.