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​An F-15C tests the Boeing-built Talon HATE secure networking system. Boeing photo.

​Communication between fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft recently took a major step forward as the Air Force successfully demonstrated a new secure networking system. Two F-15Cs carrying the Boeing-developed Talon HATE networking system shared information to Link 16, Common Data Link, and Wideband Global SATCOM satellites during flight testing recently at Nellis AFB, Nev., according to a Boeing release. The F-15s also were able to communicate with F-22s using the system, the release states. “This aerial network is a giant leap forward in tactical fighter capability with real-time connectivity and expanded information sharing,” Paul Geery, Boeing’s Talon HATE program manager, said in the release. The company will conduct additional tests on the system later this year.