The U.S. Marine Corps were able to link the F-35B to a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and help the HIMARS achieve a rocket shot by sharing of data.
Lt. Gen. Steven R. Rudder, deputy commandant for aviation, told the audience at the Centre for Strategic & International Studies on Oct. 5.
The shot was all done through data link, according to Rudder. The F-35 used sensors and pushed data about the location of the target that was then fed to a HIMARS system. The target was destroyed.
It’s all about “sensor to shooter,” Rudder said.
The shot was carried out at the Corps’ latest weapons and tactics course out in Yuma, Arizona.