Emerald Flag Returns, Combines With Orange Flag Exercise> Eglin Air Base> Post Display
The third Emerald Flag in eight months ended in Eglin here last week.
With each iteration of Emerald Flag, test professionals analyze the connectivity between air, land, land, sea, space and cyberspace. The test aims to connect these different systems to improve the speed and accessibility of information shared on a live and virtual battlefield.
In a first exercise, EF was a live inter-departmental virtual event with Orange Flag, a similar exercise, at Edwards AFB, California. OF exercise players participated using the 96th Cyberspace Test Group’s Joint All Domain Command and Control lab and Datalinks Test Facility.
The test execution took place during two separate Orange Flag and Emerald Flag events and was connected through the Joint Tactical Integrated Fire Control Network. This network securely transmitted live and virtual data between events and C2 nodes in the Army, Navy and Air Force.
“Emerald Flag and Orange Flag have integrated their events by passing data links of fifth and fourth generation aircraft across the United States and between several command and control centers on a real and virtual battlefield,” said said Captain Joseph Haggberg, deputy director of Emerald Flag.
Participants and observers in locations across the country were able to see a combined operational picture of real and simulated Orange Flag and Emerald Flag assets. This testing integration partnership is a stepping stone to further develop long-range and web-killing adaptive capabilities.
“It is essential that services assess the alternatives and methods of transmitting information between platforms and C2 centers to give our operators not only a robust means of using their weapon systems, but also multiple means. to be effective in future combat, ”Haggberg said.
The low-cost threat emitter, which debuted in Q1 EF, has returned to test alongside the Air Force’s newest fighter, the F-15EX Eagle II.
The Eagle II used its new electronic warfare suite, putting the software into practice in a contested environment for further development. The EX would attempt to locate the LCTE, among other aircraft, as a target and training aid.
“Being able to take the F-15 EX with new software and new sensors and integrate it into a multi-domain atmosphere allowing for chains of destruction is a victory,” said Major Ryan Stec, Air Operations Officer of Emerald Flag. “Through the planning and execution process, development and operational testing have learned valuable lessons for a more efficient integration. We want this plane to be fighter ready.
A combined strategic development planning and experimentation office and Air Force research laboratory project using an XCub general aviation aircraft also went to EF. Its objective was to escape detection by the enemy and to recover the downed pilot. The testing brought the project closer to the Low Altitude Sensing Helmet Kit Test, a prototyping effort aimed at night vision capabilities. The XCub demonstrated a safe landing at Eglin beaches and a Vietnam-era pierced steel plank track. Aircraft participating in EF also attempted to detect the XCub as an enemy target.
“The Eglin team are a great host of this cooperative test event,” said the ret. Air Force Col. Mike Pietrucha, Director of Testing for Project XCub. “There is such a wide range of air power capabilities, from fast jets to low speed planes. “
The next iteration of Emerald Flag, scheduled for late October.