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The United States pointed to the new capabilities of the U-2 aircraft in conjunction with the F-35

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Recent tests have shown the possibility of using the "old man" U-2 in the actions of modern aviation... Despite its venerable age, the legendary reconnaissance aircraft can still do useful service for the US Air Force.


Recall that the Lockheed U-2 is an American high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft that made its first flight back in 1955. After 65 years, he is still in the ranks, having gone through many conflicts and wars in which the American army participated. And the fact that the U-2 remains in service is not a tribute to the veteran of the American reconnaissance aviation, but evidence that the plane can be in demand even now, in the XNUMXst century.

The Pentagon gained a new understanding of the capabilities of the U-2 during the Orange Flag military exercise held in July 2020 at Edwards AFB in California. The U-2 reconnaissance aircraft this time played the role of an air communications center, collecting target data from the F-35A Air Force aircraft and transmitting them for processing through the ground station and then to the integrated air defense system, to the PAC-3 and HIMARS missile control system ...

The July tests were a continuation of the January tests, when the F-35 transmitted data to the IBCS, and the missiles shot down the final targets. After all, as you know, the US military has long been honing the interaction of various components of a unified data exchange system during air battles.

The F-35 data collected from the U-2 onboard relay will serve as confirmation that a single set of IBCS onboard sensor can serve multiple paths to receive data from the F-35 and ISR.

- said in the official press release Lockheed on the matter.

Military experts have given the U-2 a fairly high rating. For example, Brad Just, program director of the missile and fire control unit of Lockheed Martin, said that the interaction of aviation and air defense would allow the military to much better protect ground forces and facilities from new threats.

We can use data from the F-35, whether they track ballistic missiles or, for example, aircraft. Or sometimes they even track cruise missiles or helicopters,

- says Brad Just.


U-2 at the airbase

Demonstration of the U-2's capabilities also expanded the use of the F-35. The old reconnaissance aircraft has again become relevant to modern warfare. As you know, the American command expects to connect all aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, missiles, ships and military units in the air, sea, land and even outer space into a single network. The leading role in the unified command system belongs to the air force, which now regularly conduct exercises. The next exercise is scheduled for September 2020.

The breakthrough in the use of aircraft for the benefit of data exchange follows Lockheed Martin's decades of work connecting the F-35 with other elements on the battlefield such as the F-22 or, starting in 2016, the SM-3 IIA rocket aboard the Aegis destroyers.

Now in the American military department they are working on how to move from missile and air defense to offensive actions, within the framework of the same unified data exchange system.
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  1. Ilshat
    Ilshat 5 August 2020 10: 43 New
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    F-35 data collected from onboard relay U-2

    What kind of relay?
    How much is the coil? laughing
    1. BDRM 667
      BDRM 667 5 August 2020 10: 49 New
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      The United States pointed to the new capabilities of the U-2 aircraft in conjunction with the F-35

      Like - "Do not get old soul veterans"?

      But the F-35, with its "complex of characteristics", may soon leave the scene, repeating the brief and not at all bright fate of another "Super F" - F-117 ...
      1. DMB_95
        DMB_95 5 August 2020 15: 04 New
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        The United States pointed to the new capabilities of the U-2 aircraft in conjunction with the F-35
        This "bundle" lacks the S-400.
    2. Prisoner
      Prisoner 5 August 2020 11: 22 New
      +3
      Most likely not a relay, but a repeater. The author seems to have done it with the translation. hi
    3. venik
      venik 5 August 2020 11: 41 New
      +3
      Quote: Ilshat
      F-35 data collected from onboard relay U-2

      What kind of relay?
      How much is the coil? laughing

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      Probably just incorrect translation - maybe it meant a line radio relay communication (relay - can be translated as a relay and as radio relay communication!). request
      1. Ilshat
        Ilshat 5 August 2020 11: 43 New
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        Yes, I was pinned, it seems in vain. crying
        Typo, it was necessary to have an "onboard relay" ...
        1. venik
          venik 5 August 2020 11: 50 New
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          Quote: Ilshat
          Yes, I was pinned, it seems in vain. crying.

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          I do not think! drinks
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          Quote: Ilshat
          Typo, it was necessary to have an "onboard relay" ...

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          good
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  3. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 5 August 2020 10: 51 New
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    Everything is correct. Why throw in a landfill what else can do a good job. Moreover, U2 is a piece product, not a mass product.
    1. Prisoner
      Prisoner 5 August 2020 11: 00 New
      +1
      "Good" ?! Wah, yak is not professional! laughing Do not be so frankly fired.
    2. Mavrikiy
      Mavrikiy 5 August 2020 11: 00 New
      +3
      Quote: Leader of the Redskins
      Moreover, U2 is a piece product, not a mass product.
      repeat Not so single-piece, large-scale. Units produced ~ 86 pcs. request
      1. The leader of the Redskins
        The leader of the Redskins 5 August 2020 12: 32 New
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        Remained about 30. Yes, and produced with options. Once I read a monograph about him.
        And about "good", so I meant service, not deeds.
        1. BDRM 667
          BDRM 667 5 August 2020 13: 20 New
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          Quote: Leader of the Redskins
          And about "good", so I meant service, not deeds.

          The fact that the service, that the acts have U2 have been and will remain hostile towards Russia, does it bother you?
          You, either admit that you expressed absurdity with a comment, or decide who is yours and who is your enemy ...
          1. dzvero
            dzvero 5 August 2020 13: 37 New
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            In some ways, the leader of the Indians is right - in conjunction with the F-35 and the Wright brothers' eroplane will also be oh-ho-ho smile
            1. BDRM 667
              BDRM 667 5 August 2020 13: 38 New
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              Quote: dzvero
              In some ways, the leader of the Indians is right - in conjunction with the F-35 and the Wright brothers' eroplane will also be oh-ho-ho

              When will both be on display at the Aeronautics Museum?

              1. dzvero
                dzvero 5 August 2020 13: 43 New
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                Approximately yes, although options are possible smile
                For me, the desire of the Americans to develop such bundles indicates both attempts to expand the scope of the F-35, and an attempt to prove its "usefulness" and "necessity."
                1. BDRM 667
                  BDRM 667 5 August 2020 13: 46 New
                  +1
                  Quote: dzvero
                  Approximately yes, although options are possible smile
                  For me, the desire of the Americans to develop such bundles indicates both attempts to expand the scope of the F-35, and an attempt to prove its "usefulness" and "necessity."

                  At the very beginning of the discussion, I also expressed my vision of the fate of the F-35 on the historical analogy with the dead-end branch - F-117 ...
                  1. dzvero
                    dzvero 5 August 2020 13: 53 New
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                    The F-117 is a triumph of computing power and propulsion over aerodynamics smile The main problem with the F-35 is its overkillness. Once I met the opinion that the coefficient of novelty of any product should not exceed 30-35%, otherwise children's sores will destroy it. This is what we observe in the F-35. Endless refinement ...
                    1. BDRM 667
                      BDRM 667 5 August 2020 13: 58 New
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                      Quote: dzvero
                      The F-117 is a triumph of computing power and propulsion over aerodynamics

                      With a good motor, the fence will fly. yes
          2. The leader of the Redskins
            The leader of the Redskins 5 August 2020 14: 03 New
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            I think like an engineer, like a technically educated person. And all these politicians ...
            You know, I remember when our general secretaries / presidents with amerovskie kissed almost passionately. So you shouldn't catch me on ours / not ours. They often call me a Ukrainian spy on VO, for my father near Kiev, so you're not the first here ...
            And the plane for its time is really unique.
            It's a different matter how to use it, but then the main villains are a table knife and an ax - they have ruined most of all lives.
            1. BDRM 667
              BDRM 667 5 August 2020 14: 22 New
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              Quote: Leader of the Redskins
              So you shouldn't catch me on ours / not ours.

              Why catch, if the animal itself runs to the hunter?
  4. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 5 August 2020 10: 57 New
    +3
    Despite its venerable age, the legendary reconnaissance aircraft can still do useful service for the US Air Force.
    Any air platform can be useful, especially transcendental repeat and with such a flight time. crying And the structures of collaboration, you can twist a lot.
  5. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 5 August 2020 11: 35 New
    +3
    F-35 can "scan the ground" by radar - create a 3-dimensional map-animation
    while marking military targets.
    When several F-35s fly in parallel, a wide "front line" is obtained.
    in real time.
    And you need someone to combine this information.
    The next Block F-35 "4" will have a much more powerful computer.
    Any of the style F-35s can become an integrator.
  6. Free wind
    Free wind 5 August 2020 12: 08 New
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    The machine is certainly not new, but there are still about 30 units in service. Interestingly, one pilot-operator, or all the same two, used the training, although there are only 4 of them. So the crew must also be aware of the events. It's hard for one. Although fewer people are more oxygen. At 25-30 kilometers in height, you don't need to steer too much, and computers process all the information. Landing on them is still difficult, or so it seems from the side.
  7. Narcologist
    Narcologist 5 August 2020 16: 16 New
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    Want to check Russian airspace again?
    Well, the pirate flag is in their hands. soldier I hope that the finger on the buttons of our air defense personnel will not flinch ..
  8. vVvAD
    vVvAD 5 August 2020 23: 58 New
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    In fact, an article is about one of the aspects of network-centric warfare. And the news should be taken seriously. We are also developing a similar system. You should closely monitor their successes and the opportunities obtained in order to implement the best ideas at a higher level and to find weak links both in their system and in our own. To close the bottlenecks in our own, in the American - to use.