5th-to-5th and 5th-to-4th Aircraft Communications

Fifth- to Fourth-Generation Aircraft Communications 

Northrop Grumman has a proven solution for providing connectivity among fifth- and fourth-generation fighter aircraft to enable a shared common tactical picture for enhanced combat effectiveness. The company’s Freedom 550 fifth-generation radio – developed under the Jetpack Joint Capability Technology Demonstration program – has demonstrated its "fifth-to-fourth" networking capability during more than 400 flight test hours supporting several large force exercises.

By bridging the gap between multiple platforms using different data links, the Jetpack JCTD system allows the stealthy fifth-generation F-22 and F-35 and the B-2 to share tactical data securely with each other and with fourth-generation aircraft in the fleet.

The Freedom 550™ is a multi-channel, multifunction software-defined radio built using modules from the integrated communications, navigation and identification (CNI) avionics the company provides for the F-35 and F-22. Having received Authority to Operate from the Department of Defense and full NSA certification, it is an affordable, production-ready capability available now.

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