Team members of the F-35 Lightning II Cooperative Avionics Test Bed (CATBird), a modified Boeing 737-330, take a moment to appreciate the results of initial connectivity testing between the F-35 and a Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) test facility at Patuxent River, Md. November 2014. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)
At present, CATBird is supporting the development of software scheduled for release this year. The software is part of the Block 3F software build for upcoming F-35B/C developmental and operational tests.
The F-35 is currently integrating the UHF Data Broadcast (UDB) radio with the JPALS ship system as an interim solution during development of an auto-land capability into the JPALS ship system. This capability will allow the Navy to recover aircraft in all-weather conditions by removing human error from the carrier landing process.
To date, UDB tests have been a success due to the collaboration between PMA-213 and industry partners, Taylor noted.
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