The UK’s GR9 Harriers to Add ‘Capability E’

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Harrier GR9(click to view full) It sounds like something James Bond would be sent to keep out of enemy hands. In January 2008, BAE Systems announced contract to develop ‘Capability E’ for its Harrier II GR9 (AV-8B+ counterpart) V/STOL(Vertical or Short Take-Off and Landing) jump jets. There’s no need to call James, but the CAP E contract is nonetheless important to the UK’s Harrier fleet, which will remain Britain’s key expeditionary close-support aircraft and naval aviation backbone until the F-35B Lightning II STOVL(Short Take-Off, Vertical Landing) fully supplants them some time in the 2020s… Harrier II, Afghanistan(click to view full) Capability E will involve the design, development, integration and clearance of a number of systems including software functionality for secure communications, the establishment of a second secure communications channel, a replacement video recording system, modified Auxiliary Communications Navigation Identification Panel (ACNIP), and the introduction of a Tactical Information Exchange Capability (TIEC). TIEC is the project name adopted for the introduction of a common system solution that provides Link 16 and IDM data link communications for Tornado GR4 and Harrier GR9 fleets. TIEC will not use the standard MIDS-LVT black boxes, substituting an equivalent item which is lighter, slightly smaller, and […]

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