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BAE Systems Gets DoD’s OK for F-22 Friend or Foe Transponder

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The Department of Defense has certified a BAE Systems-made transponder designed to help F-22 Raptor aircraft pilots distinguish teammates from enemies.

The company said Tuesday it is integrating its F-22 Identification Friend-or-Foe transponder as part of an effort to update the U.S. Air Force's Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System terminal. This work is under a contract with the Navy.

DoD's AIMS office, an organization handling IFF interoperability between U.S. and allied platforms, issued the certification that marks the first approval for a BAE-made IFF's use on a fifth-generation fighter.

The F-22 IFF transponder is made to operate alongside the aircraft's Link 16 avionics, and follows the Mode 5 cryptographic standard.

The MIDS JTRS four-channel radio operates with the Link 16 waveform and other protocols to facilitate communication exchanges.

A joint venture between BAE and Collins Aerospace developed the MIDS JTRS terminal.

The Mode 5 Level 2 certification moves the transponder closer to receiving the Federal Aviation Administration's approval.

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Written by Nichols Martin

a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, produces articles on the federal government's technology and business interests. The coverage of these articles include government contracting, cybersecurity, information technology, health care and national security.

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