The Navy has requested for their Boeing F/A-18E/F and EA-18G combat aircraft to be equipped with better transmitting technology. This innovation goes by Radio Frequency Blanking Unit (RFBU) and will allow an advanced receiving device to use two or more microwave/RF signals without interference with one another. The order to the Boeing Defense, Space & Security segment in Saint Louis was placed on Wednesday May 18th 2016.
The (RFBU) will approximately cost 13.5 million US dollars for building and testing. This prototype is designed to fit right in and take over the position of the Navy’s previous signal transmitter, Enhanced Interference Blanking Unit (EIBU). The EIBU is most commonly used on the Navy’s carrier- based F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet jet fighter bomber and EA-18G Growler Electronic Warfare aircrafts.
By replacing the EIBU with the RFBU Boeing is replacing hard to find parts with more efficient ones, removing all unnecessary electronic parts. The swap of signal receivers, the Navy hopes to prevent the crossing of signals upon Navy planes which have antennas so near to each other. The task of the developing these new receivers was giving to Boeing since they did manufacture F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft.
“Is the only source with the knowledge, expertise, facilities, and qualified personnel to build the new RFBU quickly enough to meet Navy needs”Navy officials say
“One of the many tasks the RFBU is for multi-functional Informational Distribution System (MIDS) Low Volume terminal (LVT) which will allow a voice communication and secure data network using a Link-16 tactical wireless networking structure. “MIDS LVT provides enhanced situational awareness, positive identification of participants within the network, secure fighter-to-fighter voice and data networking, secure voice communications, and tactical air navigation.”
On the Naval aircrafts the RFBU and the MIDS LVT work hand in hand to increase input/output signal capacity on board.
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