Mid-flight software updates on jet fighter open door for new generation of cognitive electronic warfare (EW)

Aug. 12, 2021
Cognitive EW may enable future combat aircraft to contend with previously unseen or otherwise little-understood enemy air defenses and EW threats.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – U.S. Air Force officials say they recently demonstrated the ability to send software updates for the electronic warfare (EW) system on an F-16C jet fighter while that aircraft was in flight. The Drive reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

12 Aug. 2021 -- This test was an important first step toward developing a more expansive capability called cognitive electronic warfare, which centers on using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to improve EW capabilities like new countermeasures.

The test at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., was part of a larger demonstration of Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) capabilities that seeks to improve networking, remote targeting, advanced communications packages, low-cost unmanned systems, and distributed networks of sensors.

The EW mid-flight software update test involved the Software Integration Laboratory at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, who sent an updated mission data file for the countermeasures signal processor in the AN/ALQ-213 EW management system on the F-16C.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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