PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, Maryland– The newest electronic warfare (EW) capability of the US Marine Corps Intrepid Tiger II (IT II) first flew on an MV-22B Osprey on June 15.
“The importance of this developmental test flight was twofold,” said US Navy Captain Michael Orr, Airborne Electronic Attack Systems (AEA) (PMA-234) program manager. “Not only was this the first time that we integrated the Intrepid Tiger II capability on an Osprey, but also the first time that the capability had been integrated into a platform. “
Bill Mellen, team leader for Marine Air-Ground Task Force PMA-234, said the typical externally-mounted pod was not an option because the MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft did not no traditional wing stations from which to mount pod payloads. The improved design of the AN / ALQ-231 (V) 4 IT II system consists of a payload mounted on a rolling rack, controlled from a laptop computer in the aircraft cabin.
The IT II is an on-demand precision EW weapon system designed to provide Marine Corps fixed and rotary wing aircraft with an organic, distributed, and networked EW payload that can be controlled from the cockpit or by a ground operator.
The design of the (V) 4 system will include state-of-the-art upgrades, utilizing government and commercial technologies and jamming techniques that will allow the Marine Corps to keep pace with the ever-changing threats on the battlefield, and provide the adaptability needed to enable future iterations of extended frequency coverage and advanced capabilities, Mellen said.
“As the 21st century battlespace becomes more complex and contested, military assets must support themselves across the spectrum of threats,” said Col. Brian Taylor, Program Director of the Office of the United Nations. joint program V-22. “The commissioning of this upgrade provides a significant and incremental improvement in the organic electronic warfare capability of the V-22, giving commanders more options to support our Marine Corps ground forces. This improves both the operational safety of our aircrews and the operational success of the commander, our ultimate goals in everything we do. “
After successful integration on the MV-22B, the IT II team will further expand the design of the V4 to include counter-radar capability on the KC-130J aircraft, hoping to take advantage of much of the MV-22B technology, including the cabin rack. -the design of the mounted payload, said Mellen.
IT II (V) 4 is expected to begin fleet deliveries for the MV-22B in fiscal year (FY) 2023 to achieve initial operational capability by the end of FY24 with a target inventory of 42 systems in total.
The IT II (V) 1 is carried on the AV-8B Harrier, F / A-18 A ++ / C / D Hornet and KC-130J aircraft, while the IT II (V) 3 is carried on the UH -1Y Huey helicopter.
The AEA Systems Program Office is responsible for the acquisition, delivery and maintenance of AEA systems that provide combatant commanders with electronic warfare capabilities essential to the success of the operational mission.