Three years for that isn’t that bad.
quote,Three years for that isn’t that bad.
Besides does Raptor actually need Link 16? Really no. It already can listen for Link 16 messaging. What this aims for is transmit on Link 16 so that F22 can “quarterback” less advanced allied aircraft. However thing people forget about the Quarterback is he is often tackled. Link 16 is a known radio broadcast system one that peer level foes would be listening for. Adding the ability to broadcast is fine for permissive airspace but in non permissible it means that the aircraft is flagging itself. That’s why F22 was built with a unique datalink. The datalink I feel should be pushed for Raptor’s future isn’t Link 16. It’s MADL.
A U.S. F-22 Raptor assigned to the F-22 Demo Team prepares to be launched out by a crew chief at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Jan. 30, 2020. Representing Air Combat Command, the F-22 Demo Team travels to air shows all across the world showcase the performance and capabilities of the world's premier 5th-generation fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Sam Eckholm)
U.S. Air Force Maj. Josh Gunderson, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander and pilot, performs during an aerial demonstration at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Jan. 30, 2020.
Maj. Gunderson has over 1,500 hours flying both the F-15 Eagle and F-22 Raptor and is in his first year as commander of the F-22 Raptor Demo Team. (U.S. Air Force photos by 2nd Lt. Sam Eckholm)