September 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – Engaged in Gabian High Intensity Training off the Isle of Levant, the Forbes Airframe Frigate and the Languedoc multi-mission frigate completed a missile strike on an air target on September 18, 2019. Tactical Data Link (TDL), that is, target tracking elements provided by a unit other than the shooter.
In this case, an antiaircraft missile “Aster 30” was fired by Forbin in view of the data transmitted by the Languedoc , thus making a first for ships of the Navy.
The success of this network shooting validates the robustness of the data link architectures between the ships to share the tactical situation and to demonstrate the coordination capacity of the Navy’s ships to ensure air defense at sea in fight.
These training shots are essential for the operations of tomorrow and are therefore an essential preparation for a “Navy combat” which requires units, weapons systems and crews experienced and therefore well trained.
From its DGA missile testing center on the Ile du Levant, the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) took part in this shooting, as in every training of this type, notably through the general coordination of the test and the implementation of the target materializing the threat. As more and more often for the operational readiness of the forces, the virtual reality capabilities of DGA Missile Tests were also used. Thus, in order to enrich the tactical situation of the two frigates, the center transmitted by link “L16” data allowing to create for these ships a hybrid environment associating real tracks and simulated tracks, thus contributing to offer to the Navy a training always more representative of theaters of operations.
This success in training also supports the development of the Naval Cooperative Watch (VCN) capacity, launched on the two frigates during the exercise and consolidating the operational capabilities of a “Navy at the forefront”.
The naval cooperative watch is a developing capability based on the principle of networking all the information of the sensors of a naval air force. It differs from tactical data linking by exchanging raw and much more accurate information directly from sensors, not from elaborate data. Tomorrow, with the naval cooperative watch, the Navy will have an optimized image of the threat and sufficient information to implement even more effectively an anti missile device, facilitating the choice of the most suitable platform. to deal with the threat.