F-16 aircraft of the US Air Force (USAF) will become the first fighter aircraft to receive the latest-generation Digital GPS Anti-Jam Receiver (DIGAR) and thus gain the capability to battle hostile navigation environments.
The Rockwell Collins DIGAR was selected by the USAF Life Cycle Management Center (AFLMC) to bring highly reliable navigation to US Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve F-16s operating in contested electromagnetic environments, the company announced on 9 November. This will be the first combat fighter aircraft to feature the latest version of the receiver.
“As enemies continue to find new ways to affect the ability to navigate, the latest DIGAR will provide the highest level of protection available so our warfighters can execute missions with precision and accuracy,” commented Rockwell Collins’ Vice President and General Manager, Communication, Navigation & Electronic Warfare Solutions, Troy Bunk.
Integration of the DIGAR requires no changes to existing operational flight programmes or A-kit aircraft wiring, lowering the risk and cost involved to upgrade. Built on an open systems architecture, the DIGAR is designed for use across a variety of platforms that include rotary-wing, fixed-wing fighter, bomber, transport aircraft and small to large unmanned aerial systems.
Over the last 10 years, Rockwell Collins has delivered over 100,000 anti-jam systems across weapons, aircraft and soldier systems. DIGAR is a form and fit replacement for existing antenna systems, with demonstrated performance that far exceeds legacy capability.