U.S. Air Force officials are preparing by year-end to begin flight-testing a communications gateway technology designed to enable stealthy aircraft to communicate with legacy fighters despite the disparate protocols tailored to their covert missions. The goal is to network combat air forces so pilots of the F-22—and, in the future, the F-35—can share data with those flying older aircraft such as the F-15 and F-16, says Lt. Col. Scott Hamilton, chief of the tactical data-links program ...

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