JED - November 2017 - 35

Sensor Fusion for
4th-Gen Fighters
By John Haystead
The Journal of Electronic Defense | November 2017

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The F-22 and F-15 will work together in support of the US Air Force's air superiority mission.

s the density and types of
threats faced by modern
combat aircraft continues
to increase, the US and
other nations are looking at advanced sensor
fusion technology to provide an equalizer. Although 5th-generation fighters,
such as the F-22 and F-35, are already
equipped with sensor-fusion avionics,
there is also now growing interest in
back-fitting some level of these capabilities into 4th-generation platforms
as well.
Matt Cozier, Senior Manager, Director of Tracking and Data Fusion, BAE
Systems (Nashua, NH), says, aside from
the technology driving to meet the re-

quirement, the need for sensor fusion is
driven by the high-tempo battle space
already being faced and that will have
to be faced in future. "Our combat systems are going to need to respond in
time cycles that are not achievable with
current human-in-the loop-assessment,
and we're now seeing the interest in
and desire for sensor fusion capabilities
transitioning from what was primarily called for from the labs, to now also
being called for by the program offices
of those currently fielding, or working
to field, systems. There is a deliberate
effort to better plan objectives versus
what you think you're going up against
and increasing your sensor capability.
Having sensor fusion will be at the core

USAF PHOTO

of this and allow you to perhaps do more
difficult, or a larger set of missions, that
would not be possible without it."
Terri Malone, Vice President, Business
Development, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, Airborne C4ISR Division
(Linthicum, MD), also sees great interest in extending 5th-gen capabilities to
4th-gen platforms. "It's being driven by
demands for a networked, interoperable,
superior force that can deliver air power
in all operating environments and fight
to win... particularly in joint, allied and
coalition operations." Malone also sees
the demand being fueled by the digital
transformation in aircraft electronics.
"The F-35 and F-22 are evidence of this
seismic shift of capability. They were



JED - November 2017

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - November 2017

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Forecast: Future of DIRCM
Sensor Fusion for 4th Gen Fighters
Technology Survey: ELINT Receivers
54th Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention Guide
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - November 2017 - intro
JED - November 2017 - cover1
JED - November 2017 - cover2
JED - November 2017 - 3
JED - November 2017 - 4
JED - November 2017 - 5
JED - November 2017 - The View From Here
JED - November 2017 - 7
JED - November 2017 - Conferences Calendar
JED - November 2017 - 9
JED - November 2017 - Courses Calendar
JED - November 2017 - 11
JED - November 2017 - From the President
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JED - November 2017 - insert1
JED - November 2017 - insert2
JED - November 2017 - The Monitor
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JED - November 2017 - World Report
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JED - November 2017 - Forecast: Future of DIRCM
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JED - November 2017 - Sensor Fusion for 4th Gen Fighters
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JED - November 2017 - Technology Survey: ELINT Receivers
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JED - November 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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