Boeing uses IP-based data link instead of Link 16 in flight simulation test

Posted by John McHale

ORLANDO, Fla., 6 Dec. 2009. Engineers at Boeing Training Systems and Support in St. Louis tested an IP (Internet Protocol)-based data link to transmit flight simulation information to and from an F-15E jet fighter-bomber in the company's third integrated Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) proof-of-concept demonstration for simulation and training during a flight test at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

The computer simulation test was during the company's third integrated Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) proof-of-concept demonstration, which is part of Boeing's Project Alpine to reduce training costs, says Mark McGraw, vice president of Boeing Training Systems and Support. McGraw made his comments at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Fla.

Air Force leaders are looking for affordable avionics that use powerful commercial processors and other embedded technology, says Bruce Fasterling, director of business development for Boeing Training Systems and Services. The encrypted IP simulation network data link performed better than expected, McGraw says. "IP is a proven robust solution that leverages commercial technology," he adds. Boeing plans to use it on platforms other than the F-15E, McGraw says.

"The Air Force asked us to try other solutions than Link 16," McGraw says. Link 16 is designed for tactical use and not always suited for every application, whereas IP-based data links are compatible with nearly every system and are more cost effective, McGraw adds.

The data links and other technology are also related to work Boeing is performing on the Air Force's test range program, the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS), McGraw says.

Boeing is also moving from 1553 databus technology to Ethernet as part of the LVC demonstrations and the CRIIS program, Fasterling says. Ethernet is compatible with most systems and a natural progression, he adds.

McGraw says there will be three more LVC demonstrations with the next one scheduled for later this year. The latest demonstration had an F-15E networked with simulators on the ground to combat computer generated threats, according to a Boeing release.

The 2010 demonstration will use a virtual E-3 Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) combined with live F-15E and F-22 aircraft that are paired as wingmen against live adversaries and simulated adversaries in air to air battles as well as defended against ground to air attacks, according to the Boeing data sheet.

Technologies demonstrated in earlier phases included: the connection of a simulation network to a live platform over a fighter data link, LVC algorithms embedded in the flight program; and on platform radar tracks and emissions simulated by a ground-based constructive environment, according to a Boeing data sheet.


Follow me on Twitter

Join the PennWell Aerospace and Defense Media Group on Linkedin at

Become a fan of Military & Aerospace Electronics on Facebook at

Post your aerospace and defense-related material to the #milaero community on Twitter. Use the #milaero hashtag.

Military & Aerospace Photos

Most Popular Articles

Related Products

SBC-K7 Embedded PC for Instrumentation and Control

The SBC-K7 is an ideal platform for embedded instrumentation that combines an Atom PC running Win...

PC/104 SBC and Peripherals

Kontron PC/104 Standalone Single Board Computers (SBCs) serve in every format, even with consiste...

Rugged Mobile Communications Server

Advanced communications server designed to be deployed in environments where it needs to meet cer...

VPX3-453 3U VPX Virtex-6/8640D Digital Signal Processor

The Curtiss-Wright VPX3-453 is a high performance 3U VPX DSP and FPGA processor card that combine...


Dual-Port Simulator/Analyzer Test & Simulation PCI Express Module Supports Point-to-Point, Switch...

fcXplorer GUI Analyzer Software

fcXplorer, AIT's Fibre Channel Simulator and Analyzer Test Software provides an intuitive Graphic...

1553 databus coupler

One through ten stubs in box enclosures. All types of 1553 connectors applied. Tested to high env...

PW-82530N0 3-Phase BLDC Motor Torque Controller

The PW-82530N0 is a high performance, low-cost torque loop controller designed to precisely regul...

Resistor Modules

We offer the largest range of resistor modules available on the market in the PXI form factor - I...


Max Levy Autograph manufactures Reticles from Optical Quality Flat Glass (3-4 waves maximum). The...

Related Companies

Innovative Integration

  Since 1988, Innovative Integration has grown to become one of the world's leading suppliers of DSP and data ac...


Driving the world’s embedded computing platforms Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology.&n...

Elma Electronic Inc

Who we are...   About Elma Electronic Systems   The Systems division of Elma Electronic Inc. supplies the

Extreme Engineering Solutions Inc (X-ES)

 Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc. (X-ES) is a leader in the design, manufacture, and support of standard and ...

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions

About Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) is a long establish...

Raycom Electronics

Raycom Electronics, Inc., a subsidiary of Electro Technik Industries (ETI), was incorporated in 1965.  The compa...

Intersil Corp

Intersil is leveraging a deep portfolio of intellectual property, a history of design and process innovation and a sy...

Thermacore Inc

Specializes in the custom design, development, and manufacturing of highly engineered thermal management solutions fo...

HGH Infrared Systems

Offers a 360 degree, real-time, panoramic IR thermal imaging camera, the IR Revolution 360 exceptional image quality,...

Santa Barbara Infrared Inc

Designs and manufactures technologically advanced test instrumentation used to test, calibrate and validate the perfo...
Wire News provided by   

social activity


Meeting the Gen3 backplane challenge with OpenVPX and COTS

Tight Pentagon budgets mean military systems must stay in the field for longer than ever before. This doesn't mean obsolete technology, however. Today's military electronics are being upgraded constantly, an...
Sponsored by:

Design Strategy Considerations for DO-178C Certified Multi-core Systems

Join Wind River to learn how system architecture and design choices can minimize your DO-178C certification challenges.

Sponsored by:

Flying, Sailing or Driving - The Rugged, Embedded Intel-based Server that goes where you need it!Flying Sailing or Driving

Leveraging the power of server-class processors is no longer relegated to the confines of data centers. Through several innovations, Mercury Systems has ruggedized Intel’s server-class chips for deployment. ...
Sponsored by:

All Access Sponsors

Mil & Aero Magazine

February 2015
Volume 26, Issue 2

Download Our Apps




Follow Us On...


Military & Aerospace Electronics

Weekly newsletter covering technical content, breaking news and product information

Cyber Security

Monthly newsletter covering cyber warfare, cyber security, information warfare, and information security technologies, products, contracts, and procurement opportunities

Defense Executive

Monthly newsletter covering business news and strategic insights for executive managers

Electronic Warfare

Quarterly newsletter covering technologies and applications in electronic warfare, cyber warfare, optical warfare, and spectrum warfare.

Embedded Computing Report

Monthly newsletter covering news on embedded computing in aerospace, defense and industrial-rugged applications

Unmanned Vehicles

Monthly newsletter covering news updates for designers of unmanned vehicles