Northrop said Wednesday it provided an airborne gateway for theÂ two-week Babel Fish IIIÂ trialÂ that was held inÂ Mojave Desert, California.
F-35 jets communicateÂ throughÂ the Multifunction Advanced Data Link while the Typhoon aircraft usesÂ Link 16 to share data, Northrop noted.
Northrop’s airborne gateway worked toÂ translate MADL messages to Link 16 format toÂ connect F-35 and Typhoon aircraft during the U.K.-funded trial.
The airborne gateway featured a Freedom 550 software-defined radio thatÂ is based on the integrated communications, navigation and identification avionics suite Northrop manufactures for the U.S. Air Force‘s F-35 fleet.
Babel Fish III marked the first time that non-U.S. fifth- and fourth-generation aircraft exchangedÂ MADL-delivered data and demonstratedÂ interoperability as U.K. moves towardÂ initial operating capability of its F-35 planes in 2018.