Super Stallion Mission Data Team breaks new ground in aviation

The CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopter is breaking new ground for naval aviation. In December 2023, H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters Program Office (PMA-261) started installation of a first-ever fully integrated, hard-mounted commercial off-the-shelf tablet functioning as a primary mission display on a naval aircraft.

Semper Wi-Fi: New Marine Aviation Plan Pushes Digital Connections Between Far-flung Forces

Key to Marines’ latest aviation plan is using the service’s aircraft to keep small units spread across small islands in the Western Pacific connected through a digital interoperability as it continues its modernization efforts for a lighter, more mobile force.

Marine aviation plan invests heavily in digital glue to connect far-flung forces

The U.S. Marine Corps is expanding its vision of connectivity among aircraft and with ground units below, creating local networks to share situational awareness and targeting data even in communications-denied environments.

Viper and Digital Interoperability

In a June 7, 2021 press release, NAVAIR announced that the AH-1Z or Viper attack helicopter had its first flight with its new digital interoperability suite.

AH-1Z conducts first flight with new digital interoperability suite

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MD - For the first time in flight, the AH-1Z Viper established a two way connection between a ground station and the aircraft’s Link 16 and Advanced Networking Wideband Waveform (ANW2) systems.


A video featuring some highlights of the Marine Air-Ground Tablet (MAGTAB) being utilized by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) during the Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course at MCAS Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 20, 2017.

Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Agile Network Gateway Link (MANGL)

Digital interoperability is the seamless integration of systems and exchange of data, across all domains and networks throughout the MAGTF, naval, joint, and coalition forces, to include communication in degraded or denied environments, to rapidly share accurate information, provide greater situational awareness, accelerate the kill chain, and enhance survivability.

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