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HANSCOM AIR BASE, Mass. – A small team here at Hanscom worked with the F-35 Joint Program Office to provide a revolutionary close air support capability for the US Marine Corps F-35B.
The Killing Chain Integration Directorate of the Special Programs Division of the Directorate of Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks, headquartered here, helped set up the Interim full motion video, a combination of a video stream and associated location metadata into a video file that replaces the F-35B Combat Training System.
With this new capability, the F-35B aircraft will be able to send live video to ground units to more effectively coordinate air action against hostile targets operating in proximity to friendly forces.
“The capability, along with its architecture, will provide the fighter with a need today, while allowing a Defense Department to be a game-changer tomorrow,” said Lt. Col. Mike DiMaria, materiel chief, Kill Chain Integration Branch.
While the moving video is expected to be delivered to the company-wide fighter by 2024, the team’s efforts have provided the Marine Corps with an interim solution.
“The IFMV system is successful in delivering a necessary capability over an operationally relevant timeframe to support our combatants while pursuing the long-term goals of integrating open mission systems standards and architecture. ”Said Lieutenant-General Eric Fick, program manager. , F-35 JEA. “IFMV on the F-35s will absolutely help accelerate the future delivery of capabilities, increase competition and reduce costs. “
In August 2016, the USMC Deputy Commander for Aviation sent a note to the F-35 PEO requesting the early commissioning of an animated video for the F-35Bs, deeming the capability “essential to how we are fighting ”, especially in close air support. support operations. Later that summer, Hanscom’s special programs division demonstrated an Open Mission Systems, or OMS, architecture on a Lockheed U-2. Marine Corps officials attended this demonstration and asked if the division could integrate the same architecture into the F-35B using legacy video waveforms.
OMS is a government-owned architecture specification that promotes interoperability, reuse, and ease of hardware and software integration into platforms. It focuses on the interfaces between software services and hardware subsystems, and how data is exchanged between these interfaces.
“Providing the fighter with this essential ability is a significant achievement,” said DiMaria. “Equally important is the OMS architecture, specifically integrating it into a fifth generation fighter. We have worked diligently with Marine Corps Headquarters and the user community to balance the demands of performance against cost and on-time delivery.
Even after installation, Interim Full Motion Video remains interchangeable with the combat training system with minimal maintenance actions required.
Earlier this year, the Special Programs Division demonstrated a similar architecture for the Advanced Combat Management System, connecting the communications of 5th through 5th generation fighters and laying the groundwork for future integration.
According to officials, the Open Mission Systems architecture provides a broadly compatible environment limited only by the capabilities available to integrate into the system.
“A good analogy comes from the well-known quote from the movie ‘Field of Dreams,’ said Captain Ronald Windham, Program Director, Kill Chain Integration Branch. “If you build it, they will come. Well, the team built it. The WHO framework is now there and it’s up and running, just like the baseball field built by Kevin Costner. This next wave of new capabilities is limitless.
The IFMV has a performance threshold range above 50 nautical miles. In addition, the system has demonstrated its interoperability with many ground receivers and other aircraft.
“Not only will IFMV provide the F-35B with much needed combat capability four years ahead of schedule, it will also prove that WHO is a viable architecture going forward, an architecture that enables the acquisition community to provide improved capabilities faster and cheaper than ever. before, ”said DiMaria. “WHO compliance is now a DOD-wide requirement in all new platform projects, and the Special Programs division will be the first to show its power. It’s essential to how we fight not just for the USMC, but now for everyone. ”