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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Pentagon Requests Funding To Accelerate Harrier Data Link Upgrades

AV-8B HarrierThe Pentagon has asked for an additional $7.5 million in the current fiscal year for the Marine Corps to get started on installing the Link 16 communication system on its fleet of Boeing AV-8B Harriers.

In a reprogramming request to Congress, the Defense Department wrote that “funding is required to begin Link 16 Tactical Datalink integration into the AV-8B aircraft for relevancy, safety improvements, and interoperability.

Connection to the Link 16 network is vital to the ability of AV-8B aircraft to operate within command and control structures and operational plans, as well as providing the tactical capability for more effective and safe prosecution of both airborne and ground targets. Without Link 16, the AV-8B aircraft will not have access to the Common Operating Picture and will operate at a significant disadvantage limiting the joint capability of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force.”

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