Look at "F-35s were able to quarterback" or "call the plays" via link 16, debriefs were easy because everyone was on the same page, mission planning the same, no need to feed data to two separate systems, its all right there and unfolding as it is gathered!
In other words the airplanes are able to talk and uplink to one another, F-35s were feeding legacy aircraft a constant stream of updated data. that's my take, your's isn't far off??? LOL
but since I'm a fan-boy??? hey I am, they "TORE THEM UP!"