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Air Force’s Fifth-Gen Fighter Jets Share Data During gatewayONE Flight Test; Lt. Col. Eric Wright Quoted

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USAF gatewayONE test
USAF gatewayONE test

The U.S. Air Force’s F-35 Lightning II and F-22 Raptor fighter jets were able to share operational data in their native digital “languages” across multiple domains and platforms using the gatewayONE payload during a series of tests held Dec. 9th at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, the Air Force reported Monday.

During the test, the gatewayONE technology enabled the translation of incompatible data formats to facilitate data sharing between the two fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The flight demonstration achieved nine of the 18 established test objectives.

“The gatewayONE payload really showed what’s possible and helped us take a big step towards achieving (Joint All-Domain Command and Control),” said Lt. Col. Eric Wright, a 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron F-35 pilot. “This critical capability provides additional connections between our advanced fighters and other forces and battle managers across all domains.”

The gatewayONE technology is part of the Advanced Battle Management System program of the Air Force and the U.S. Space Force that seeks to create an internet of things platform for the military and advance the JADC2 concept to link all sensors and warfighters across ground, air, maritime, space and cyber domains.

“The future is promising, and gatewayONE will allow the F-22 and F-35 to connect to and feed data sources they've never before accessed. Those future connections will bring additional battlefield awareness into the cockpit and enable integrated fires across U.S. forces,” Wright added.

The XQ-58A Valkyrie attritableONE platform equipped with the gatewayONE payload flew in formation with Lockheed Martin-built F-22 and F-35 aircraft during the test but lost connectivity shortly after launch.