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Future of contested battlespace points to directional communications

10th June 2019 - 14:00 GMT | by Tim Fish in Auckland

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The future of battlespace communications, particularly in the air domain, is seeing a trend towards direct platform-to-platform transmission as the capabilities of near-peer and peer adversaries render current systems increasingly susceptible to intercept.

Fifth-generation stealth fighters in particular could run the risk of exposure in connecting to legacy data link systems for battlespace communications when operating in contested environments.

Anjali Ramachandra, director of business development for international campaigns at Northrop Grumman, told Shephard that the OEM has expertise in low-probability-of-detection and low-probability-of-intercept waveforms – like the Intra-Flight Data Link on the F-22 and the Multi-function Advanced Data Link on the

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