Military Embedded Systems

USAF LVC training event integrates 4th & 5th generation aircraft


August 09, 2016

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

USAF LVC training event integrates 4th & 5th generation aircraft
F-16C Fighting Falcon. Photo by U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Jake Carte

JOINT PACIFIC ALASKA RANGE COMPLEX, Alaska. The U.S. Air Force teamed up with Northrop Grumman to integrate a 5th and 4th generation fighter aircraft during a live, virtual, and constructive (LVC) training event, part of Distant Frontier training at the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex.

During the demonstration, Northrop Grumman engineers integrated two virtual F-22 Raptor 5th generation fighters – operated from simulators by the 90th Fighter Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson in Anchorage – to fly and train alongside four live 4th generation F-16 Fighting Falcons. The Air Force's 80th Fighter Squadron based at Kunsan Air Base, Korea provided the F-16 aircraft and were operated out of Eielson Air Force Base.

Northrop Grumman’s LVC Experimentation, Integration, and Operations Suite (LEXIOS) linked F-16 and F-22 participants. They trained for air-to-air combat against four live F-16s from the 18th Aggressor Squadron based at Eielson Air Force Base.

"No aircraft goes to war alone. With our increasingly joint and networked approach, fighter integration training is extremely consequential to effective execution in combat," says Martin J. Amen, director, satellite and network operations, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems.

Distant Frontier provides unit-level training for local and deployed units to enhance tactical interoperability.

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