“Enhanced Harvest Hawk” kits

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Unread post29 Mar 2017, 03:49

https://news.usni.org/2017/03/28/marine ... more-24884

Marines Upgrading Today’s Aircraft To Prepare For Tomorrow’s Distributed, High-End Fight

By: Megan Eckstein
March 28, 2017 4:29 PM

The Marine Corps released its 2017 Marine Aviation Plan today, outlining its upcoming aircraft acquisition and upgrade plans and providing a glimpse of how those new capabilities will come together in various operational scenarios.

https://news.usni.org/2017/03/28/docume ... ation-plan



The active component has completed its transition to the KC-130J tanker and the reserve component is finishing the transition now. The service’s plans for the aircraft are far from complete, though. The aviation plan outlines survivability, lethality and interoperability upgrades for the coming years. The Marine Corps previously took 10 of its planes and created a “Harvest Hawk” bolt-on/bolt-off capability. The service intends to field these kits for all its KC-130Js and is in the midst of enhancing the Harvest Hawk kit. “Throughout 2017, the mission kit will continue installation and testing of sensor and fire control system upgrades to address system obsolescence and eliminate deficiencies, while sustaining relevancy through transition from P2A Hellfire to the P4 Hellfire, and eventually JAGM,” read the report. The fleet should receive the “Enhanced Harvest Hawk” kits, which include the new Hellfire missile, a new MX-20 sensor ball, and the Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM), in FY 2018.

Additionally, “Persistent Airborne Gateways” – Group 4 or 5 unmanned aerial vehicles with the airborne gateway technology – will be fielded to ensure Marines on the ground have access to this network even in the absence of a MV-22, CH-53, or KC-130. In 2019, the Marines will formally begin a MAGTF Agile Network Gateway Link (MANGL) program of record to field the gateway, the software reprogrammable payload and associated tablets on all MV-22, CH-53 and KC-130 aircraft.


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