Secret Is Out: How F-35s and U.S. Warships Will Kill Drones and Missiles

LuandaMagere

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America and its allies are practicing the art of sharing threat and targeting data against a variety of flying threats.

by Kris Osborn
Recently, U.S. Army missile defense assets, Dutch F-35 stealth fighters and joint multi-domain command and control systems destroyed enemy drone targets and knocked out cruise missile attacks during an international collaborative exercise. That war game was intended to test, assess and replicate the kinds of technologies needed to ensure base defense.
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Operating as part of a Combined Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) exercise over the Baltic Sea and on the European continent, U.S. and allied forces conducted a specific “mission thread” intended to test the defenses of Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Base defenses, drawing upon joint, integrated Army-Air Force tactics, weapons and technologies, is taking on new urgency in light of the growing international drone and drone swarm threat. These drones are precisely the kind of attack scenario the Pentagon’s JADC2 is intended to address.

As part of the exercise, a Dutch F-35 operated as an aerial sensor node connecting targeting data to ground control centers and the 10th Army Air Missile Defense Command. When addressing the merits of the JADC2 combat preparation training, Air Force General Jeffrey Harrigian, Commander, U.S. Forces Europe, and Africa, cited the pressing need to connect platforms across domains as sensor-nodes in an integrated combat “web” or mesh of platforms involving ground-based air defenses, drones and fixed wing surveillance and attack assets.
“As you look at how we are set up, there is an integrated air and missile umbrella that lives over Europe. As we got into the nuances of our bases, we felt we needed to understand how we defend ourselves. That starts with domain awareness and leveraging all the sensors that are available to us, some are available to us from our partners,” Harrigian told reporters at the 2021 Air Force Association Symposium.

Harrigian seemed to be referring to what could be thought of as a kind of multi-layered defense, linking longer and shorter-range sensors to one another as part of an integrated threat identification system. This integration would be crucial to finding and establishing a continuous target “track,” reducing sensor-to-shooter time and getting commanders threat data with the longest possible response or counterattack time window.
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“Closer in we are looking at radars and Electro-Optical Cameras, recognizing the second piece of it would be the Command and Control circumstances and how we get a common operational picture supported by machine learning,” Harrigian said.
Targets approaching from beyond the horizon, for instance, could be apprehended by space assets or even F-35s functioning as an aerial sensor “relay” node. In this type of threat circumstance, a longer-range ground-fired interceptor missile or even air-to-air weapon could be used to destroy incoming fire at safer standoff distances. This kind of networking, connecting otherwise disparate nodes to extend command and control ranges, is already deployed in some respects. For example, the now-deployed Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air system (NIFC-CA) currently protecting destroyers and Carrier Strike Groups uses Hawkeye surveillance planes or F-35s to detect an enemy anti-ship missile from beyond the horizon. That system then relays that threat data to ship commanders, providing a much-improved time window with which to choose an optimal response or defensive posture. Picking up on the threat data, the Navy destroyer then fires a precision SM-6 interceptor missile armed with a dual-mode seeker enabling in-flight maneuverability to track and destroy the approaching threat long before it gets too close to the Navy ships its defending.
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This concept informing NIFC-CA seems somewhat aligned or analogous to Harrigian’s thinking about taking multi-domain connectivity operations to yet another level wherein base defense systems can simultaneously draw upon ground-based radar, air assets and various “effectors,” shooters or weapons best suited to respond to the attack. Perhaps with closer in threats, interceptors such as Phalanx area weapons shooting out hundreds of small projectiles or precision-guided interceptors might be a preferred solution. In yet other threat scenarios, perhaps those in urban areas where additional fragmentation generated by an explosive interceptor might imperil civilians, non-kinetic options such as lasers or electronic jamming might be preferred. All of these options pertain to the single, unifying tactical concept fundamental to the Pentagon’s JADC2 massive, rapid real-time information sharing intended to, as Harrigian puts it, “quickly connect any sensor to any shooter.”
Kris Osborn is the defense editor for the National Interest. Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army—Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has appeared as a guest military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel, and The History Channel. He also has a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.
 

LuandaMagere

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All advanced countries have nuclear bombs and crazy military tech that can turn earth into mars

.....turkey pakistan , india , iran ,North korea , china ,russia,europe,USA etc wako na nukes and it looks like they are all going into war very soon.. alafu countries without nukes are allies with countries with nukes ...si we will all go extinct coz of these cold blooded ppl
 

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All advanced countries have nuclear bombs and crazy military tech that can turn earth into mars

.....turkey pakistan , india , iran ,North korea , china ,russia,europe,USA etc wako na nukes and it looks like they are all going into war very soon.. alafu countries without nukes are allies with countries with nukes ...si we will all go extinct coz of these cold blooded ppl
Nukes kwanza maendeleo baadaye.. Africa is the only race stupid enough not to build them. Yani we live at the mercies of other races.
Wakiamua kubomb Africa back to the stone age hakuna kitu tunaweza fanya
 

kryptony

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I didn't know turkey has nukes. Ongeza Israel, France, Britain kwa hiyo list

Then why do you think they are going to war, and who are the belligerents
 
#5
All advanced countries have nuclear bombs and crazy military tech that can turn earth into mars

.....turkey pakistan , india , iran ,North korea , china ,russia,europe,USA etc wako na nukes and it looks like they are all going into war very soon.. alafu countries without nukes are allies with countries with nukes ...si we will all go extinct coz of these cold blooded ppl
M.A.D.
 

kryptony

Village Elder
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Nukes kwanza maendeleo baadaye.. Africa is the only race stupid enough not to build them. Yani we live at the mercies of other races.
Wakiamua kubomb Africa back to the stone age hakuna kitu tunaweza fanya
Bana akina Sarkozy and hoebama did Comrade Gaddafi a nasty cold one once he showed ambitions za kuunda a nuke. I read that he had North Korean scientists on his payroll and the gold to back it up. Wish he had succeeded sahi Africa tungekua untouchable pia.

We Africans hata prayers tuone kaa itasaidia when them reptilians turn this bloodclot into a dustbowl and escape to mars. It's already starting na sidhani you low iq bonobos will be allowed aboard their spaceships unless you bring serious skills
 

ZaraYaqob

Village Elder
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Bana akina Sarkozy and hoebama did Comrade Gaddafi a nasty cold one once he showed ambitions za kuunda a nuke. I read that he had North Korean scientists on his payroll and the gold to back it up. Wish he had succeeded sahi Africa tungekua untouchable pia.

We Africans hata prayers tuone kaa itasaidia when them reptilians turn this bloodclot into a dustbowl and escape to mars. It's already starting na sidhani you low iq bonobos will be allowed aboard their spaceships unless you bring serious skills
Can a determined African nation successfully build one bila kufanywa kama Libya?
 

kryptony

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Can a determined African nation successfully build one bila kufanywa kama Libya?
Sidhani coz of a number of reasons
1. Fedha hatuna. A nuke costs $billions to develop which no shithole can spare
2. UN security council won't let you
3. The racists running NATO will bomb you to death for even considering such an idea. Alafu watoe wapi resources that build their economies
 

Condor

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So easy first thing first, find a reasonable reason to chase all American armies out of your country and substitute them with the Mighty Red army(Find a way to be allied with Moscow). Raw material like Uranium go mine in Somali or make a deal with rogue militia ni DRC. Contact Supreme leader Kim jong-un and make a deal with him to help you with scientists in return unapea yeye large shipments of cheap Uranium. Next turn a blind eye to all the western threats, if they threaten Military action you purchase several ICBM From N. Korea and several SU-57 from Russia.
The hardest part is acquiring the technology, Plan B travel to Germany, and recruit some Neo-Nazis scientists and engineers who hate the west like shit promise then you'll help build the fourth riech, hapo utakuwa sorted with the best Military warfare minds.
 
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kryptony

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So easy first thing first, find a reasonable reason to chase all American armies out of your country and substitute them with the Mighty Red army(Find a way to be allied with Moscow). Raw material like Uranium go mine in Somali or make a deal with rogue militia ni DRC. Contact Supreme leader Kim jong-un and make a deal with him to help you with scientists in return unapea yeye large shipments of cheap Uranium. Next turn a blind eye to all the western threats, if they threaten Military action you purchase several ICBM From N. Korea and several SU-57 from Russia.
The hardest part is acquiring the technology, Plan B travel to Germany, and recruit some Neo-Nazis scientists and engineers who hate the west like shit promise you help to build the fourth riech hapo utakuwa sorted with the best Military warfare minds.
I like ya imagination boy

Now cast your gaze across the dark continent and show me one leader who can do that. Who Museveni, Nguema, Al Sisi ama Malema Julio. Sioni
 

Russy

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Bana akina Sarkozy and hoebama did Comrade Gaddafi a nasty cold one once he showed ambitions za kuunda a nuke. I read that he had North Korean scientists on his payroll and the gold to back it up. Wish he had succeeded sahi Africa tungekua untouchable pia.

We Africans hata prayers tuone kaa itasaidia when them reptilians turn this bloodclot into a dustbowl and escape to mars. It's already starting na sidhani you low iq bonobos will be allowed aboard their spaceships unless you bring serious skills
Mars gani..Ellon Musk alisema humans wont make it to mars because apocalypse iko near with idiots in power:D just one nuke luwere..
 

Doc Oga

Village Elder
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Just like other previous advanced civilizations before us, we are about to nuke each other back to Stone Age AGAIN.
The biggest threat to humanity lies out there...The Vastness of the great expanse of Space.
 

Simiyu22

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We have been waiting for a nuke war ( third world war) for 80 years. Its not going to happen. The biggest threat to cause such a war is Russian-US relations. Putin himself is on his way out. Disease (parkinsons), age and dissidents are catching up.
 

Cheza juu

Village Elder
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We are not going to nuke this world to extinction,but one thing is clear,a certain portion of this earth(country) will be nuked,yaani a repeat of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
 

Sambamba

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We have been waiting for a nuke war ( third world war) for 80 years. Its not going to happen. The biggest threat to cause such a war is Russian-US relations. Putin himself is on his way out. Disease (parkinsons), age and dissidents are catching up.
Umekua mtu wa kua mini faked news pia wewe..
 

Saka

Village Elder
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Just like other previous advanced civilizations before us, we are about to nuke each other back to Stone Age AGAIN.
The biggest threat to humanity lies out there...The Vastness of the great expanse of Space.
nope..... biggest threat to humanity is people themselves
 

Wanaruona

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F35 is overrated piece of shit. F15 eagle is the real deal. It has never lost any battle. It has prove not to be lost. F35 cannot win dog fight with F22. That is why F22 will never be exported.
If F15 could have been upgraded to be stealth hakuna ndege inaweza toboa. Kwanza Israeli defence forces wanatambua F15.
 

Dyson

Village Elder
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I didn't know turkey has nukes. Ongeza Israel, France, Britain kwa hiyo list

Then why do you think they are going to war, and who are the belligerents
it doesn't, nukes zao ni za us to keep neighbouring Russia in check, same with the nukes in Germany.
 

Sambamba

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F35 is overrated piece of shit. F15 eagle is the real deal. It has never lost any battle. It has prove not to be lost. F35 cannot win dog fight with F22. That is why F22 will never be exported.
If F15 could have been upgraded to be stealth hakuna ndege inaweza toboa. Kwanza Israeli defence forces wanatambua F15.
F35 is a multi role fighter though overpriced bado iko na kazi yake. Get in an airspace undetected, hit a bridge here, a tank there and get out.
F22 excels in air to air dominance ndio maana ni baba yao.
Get in your airspace and dominate everything in the air. When testing , they put it against five f18s and the dog fight was over in less than 45 seconds.
A true 5th Gen fighter jet.
 

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