posted on Jan, 30 2013 @ 06:52 PM
The Air Force is hoping to upgrade their fleet of F-16 Aggressor aircraft. This would include upgrading the Block 30/32 aircraft to the SCU-8
capability. That would include a helmet mounted cueing system, as well as a new center display that has similar functionality to an iPad.
This is important, because currently the aggressors don't have any way to accurately show the Weapons Employment Zone (WEZ) for Russian built weapons
systems, when they're play aircraft such as the Su-30. They are currently in a position where they're under-replicating the current threats. To
show the WEZ for weapons such as the AA-11, they have to memorize visual clues (read, write on the canopy with a grease pencil) and if the calls are
even made in real time, they're inaccurate in many cases.
They also want to include improved training pods to replicate a better Electronic Attack threat.
The two big problems facing the fleet are going to be money, and over time, the ability to replicate a stealth threat. Currently the only aircraft
that would be able to replicate the threat would be the F-35. And there are issues with it replicating other aircraft, such as the non-stealthy
The US Air Force is hoping to upgrade its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon "aggressors" so that those aircraft can better replicate
enemy fighters, the service's Air Combat Command (ACC) says.
"To date, generally, it is considered that the aggressors under-replicate the current threat," says Major Gary Barker, the ACC training operations
division's F-16 functional area and realistic training manager. "It's very difficult for the aggressors to provide the threat picture that we think
we would see in near-peer combat."
In an effort to rectify the problem, ACC hopes to upgrade the older Block 30 and 32 F-16s used by the 18th and 64th Aggressor Squadrons to the System
Capabilities Upgrade-8 (SCU-8) configuration, Barker says. SCU-8 will allow the USAF to incorporate a helmet-mounted cueing system and a new center
display unit, which Barker describes as having functionality similar to an Apple iPad.
"With that, you can simulate missile WEZs [weapons employment zones] and provide more accurate cueing real-time that can aid in kill removal and
weapons assessment airborne," Barker says.