The cooperative engagement with the F-35 is different to the Aegis CEC (assuming that is what you were referring to). One of the main technical challenge of the Aegis CEC is with the fusion of multi sensors and getting the fidelity of track data during its development. The F-35 game changing technology is that the sensor fusion is already fully developed and organic to the platform. The cooperative piece is simply piping into the MADL network. For that the Type 45 will need MADL antenna and to allow any data exchange to access the Type 45 fire control system to fire off the Aster. It will be no different when the F-35B at some stage will be cooperatively linked to the Typhoon when either Meteor or Spears can be launched with tracking data from the F-35B.inside
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"Air Commodore Paul Godfrey (Royal Air Force), the head of Carrier Enabled Power Projection, said that F-35Bs could be armed with next-generation smart weapons such MBDA’s SPEAR Cap 3 (Selective Precision Effects At Range, Capability 3) standoff air-to-surface missile.
However, the aircraft’s advanced sensors and networked data links meant the pilot would not be limited to his own weapons payload, but could also, for instance, launch Aster anti-air missiles from the silo of a Type 45 destroyer."
as far as I know, the RN cancelled the CEC back in 2012 (
so how an F-35B pilot "could" "launch Aster anti-air missiles from the silo of a Type 45 destroyer"?
Air Commodore Paul Godfrey (Royal Air Force), the head of Carrier Enabled Power Projection, please, sir: