MY postulation is that other than the other worldly ECM in the bird is the fact that seems people have glossed over, the amazing EODAS sensors, and
i think the reason the push for the F35 and the continued support of what APPEARS to be a money black hole is the reality the F35 is a MAJOR and
integral part of our missile defense system and the more of them in the air the better we can intercept a 'rouge' missile in the boost phase.
i wonder if there is a long range air to air(or ground) hyper sonic missile going to the F35......
and that isnt even getting into the distributed computer network it will provide....
i believe the F35 is a fighter oh yes, but is more a distributed sensor suite.
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What the maturation of sensor technology is bringing to the armed services is great because you no longer need a single platform dedicated to X Y & Z.
You can spread it across a wide variety of platforms. That bandwidth though...
Bandwidth is a huge issue. The F-35 is walking a very thin line between useful information and information overload with all the data it pulls in.
One of the things brought up is the sheer amount of data that gets transmitted.
It can also be frustrating sometimes because if someone that can provide a high fidelity air picture jumps on the link and filters aren't adjusted
appropriately, you're stuck with a lot of tracks, even perhaps overlaying the tracks being received from other sources (ATC, Aegis, CRC, AWACS, etc).
If they don't correlate with each other, your air picture becomes an absolute mess. It's not as big of a worry in established AORs like the Middle
East (it can happen sometimes), but in a new threat environment, I can't even imagine how much spillover data the F-35 would provide back to C2.
That's assuming every node has the ability to efficiently process the data provided by the F-35. You have to think, some of the systems & platforms we
have in service are not as modern as the F-35. The US military has some old stuff out there.
With a system such as will be used in air theres going to be a lot of the theoretical bandwidth used for error detection and correction and various
methods used to get the data to/from the aircract as the requirements go up for more data to be shifted from node to node the effects of errors and
the requests for retransmission can basically soak up everything as its just one massive traffic jam with more cars joining every second.
Generally theres going to be tradeoffs between transmission speed and how important data is so whats termed quality of service will be used to make
sure that the most important stuff gets first dibs and then other stuff that may not need updating 20,000 times a second left to grab a spot as and
Compression and encryption will have overheads at the sender/recipient ends requiring special kit to handle it which takes up space/power on a limited
platform as well.
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