Military Embedded Systems

Sensor data fusion experiment conducted with Hawkeye and Growler aircrafts


September 22, 2015

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo by U.S. Navy

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. The U.S. Navy Warfare Development Command led the Netted Sensors At-Sea Experiment event as part of the Fleet Experimentation (FLEX) 2015, in which an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and two EA-18G Growlers participated in testing designed to establish airborne networks to support machine-to-machine sensor data fusion.

A purpose of the experiment was to examine the ability to conduct “fusion forward” using only carrier air wing active and passive sensors, and a network-using prototype Tactical Targeting Network Technology radios. However, the primary goal was to passively locate and identify targets at standoff ranges without assistance from non-theater assets.

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