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Aussie Hercules find missing link

22nd August 2016 - 03:12 GMT | by Mike Yeo in Darwin

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Australia used its first Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules fitted with a Link 16 tactical data link (TDL) during air-land integration missions at Exercise Pitch Black 2016.

The Engility Corporation Joint Range Extension (JRE) TDL two-phase system, with both line-of-sight and beyond line-of-sight capability, will eventually be fitted to all 12 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-130Js.

Link 16 connectivity is the latest upgrade to Australian C-130Js, which also includes improvements to communications, self-defence and payload delivery systems.

The system is unique in that there are five display terminals: one each for the pilots, two for loadmasters in the main

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