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In First, Air Force Will Send Secure Data Between an F-22 and F-35

The U.S. Air Force will soon test out a gateway that could finally allow the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F-22 Raptor to share data during missions without compromising the fighters’ stealth, a service official said Thursday.

It would be the first time the Air Force will test how the two highly capable fifth-generation fighters can exchange battlespace information after years of incompatibility, said Preston Dunlap, the Air Force’s chief architect serving the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

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Head of F-35 Joint Program Office: Stealth fighter enters the new year in midst of a growing phase

As the ?quarterback for the joint force,? the F-35 provides new transformational capabilities that will fundamentally change the way our nation?s military operates around the globe. More than a fighter jet, the F-35?s ability to collect, analyze and share data is a powerful force multiplier that enhances all airborne, sea and ground-based assets in the battlespace, while ensuring our war fighters can execute their mission and return home safe. With stealth technology, advanced sensors, weapons capacity and range, the F-35 is the most lethal, survivable, connected and interoperable fighter aircraft ever built.

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