Evolving Coalition Airpower Interoperability: Bold Quest 14.2


07/04/2014: Shots of various U.S. and German aircraft taking off from Holloman AFB, N.M. in support of Bold Quest 14.2. Aircraft shown: T-38C, assigned to the 96th Test Group, Holloman AFB, Marine Corps VMX-22 Osprey from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., German Air Force Tornado assigned to the German Air Force Flying Training Center at Holloman AFB, Marine Corps AV8B “Harrier” from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., U.S. Air Force F-16 assigned to the 54th Fighter Group, Holloman AFB, and F/A-18 Super Hornets with the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All-Weather) 225, assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.

  Credit:Holloman Air Force Base Public Affairs Office:5/13/14

Bold Quest 14.2 is a two-week Joint Staff-led coalition demonstration beginning May 2 involving air combat assessment, joint fires, maneuvers and system concepts.

Participating nations include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United States. JTAC-Mobile makes its debut at the 2014 Bold Quest 14.2.

“Close Air Support is a complex task that requires the JTAC to be heads up and eyes out for survivability,” said Tommy Dodson, vice president and general manager, Surface Solutions, for Rockwell Collins. “JTAC-Mobile minimizes heads down time by making tasks executable within a ‘three click’ user interface.”

JTAC-Mobile features “a self-learn capability” for data link interaction, which eliminates the need for inputting network addresses, IP numbers or other complexities that make digital systems difficult to utilize.