A1C Scott types on a keyboard at 16th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber).

1B – Cyber Warfare

Current Programs

F-35 and the Joint Simulation Environment  

In FY20, F-35 testing crossed a major milestone, finishing planned open-air combat and electronic attack trials. Two IOT&E weapons test trials were scheduled for October 2020 and early calendar year 2021; a third weapons test included in the original test plan has been deferred to a later program phase.  A substantial amount of testing remains, and it cannot be executed until the Joint Simulation Environment (JSE) is ready. The JSE is a man-in-the-loop, software-in-the-loop mission simulator that will provide the only venue, other than actual combat, to test the F-35 against modern threats in realistic densities and mission scenarios.  

F-15 Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS) 

In August 2020 and March 2021, the Air Force conducted two of the three planned developmental test cybersecurity assessments in the Boeing Electronic Systems Integration Lab. The last assessment is planned for 1QCY22. The Air Force plans to conduct platform-level, on-aircraft operational cybersecurity testing later in CY22. 

Marines from Marine Wing Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 and Sailors from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 conduct integrated training missions with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 and Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136.

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