The US Navy and a number of key allies are working manned-unmanned teaming as part of shaping the integrated distributed force.
Tiltrotor technologies have been a major boost to shaping integrated distributed operations.
The USMC is at the cutting edge of building out distributed operations, and USMC aviation has driven the change first with the Osprey, then the F-35B, and now with the CH-53K.
C2 is changing fundamentally with the shaping of an integrated distributed force.
This photo shows the L3Harris Iver IV maritime remote system. Maritime remotes are a key part of the build out of the integrated defense force.
“What we have with the OPV is the ability to shape it to operate in a number of different ways, including operating maritime remotes across the operational space. Rather than simply building a hull form to do classic constabulary tasks, we are building a ship which is capable of being morphed into a variety of missions with an extended operational combat or gray zone space." Vice Admiral (Retired) Tim Barrett
The newly launched Franco-German-Spanish Future Combat System is designed to build out an integrated distributed force.
The US Navy adds the CMV-22B to the fleet and this asset will both contribute to the COD function as well as evolve as an asset for distributed maritime operations.
Boeing Australia and the ADF are working on a loyal wingman program. The Loyal Wingman is designed to act as a force multiplier for manned fighters like the F-35A, F/A-18F Super Hornet and E/A-18G Growler, and larger manned aircraft like the E-7A Wedgetail or KC-30A refueller.
U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, test out their tablets aboard a MV-22B Osprey, during Certification Exercise (CERTEX) off the coast of San Diego, April 19, 2015. The Osprey has been fitted with a system of systems that provides small unit leaders with increased situational awareness and enhanced command and control capabilities at extended ranges. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey/Released)
Boeing MQ-25A Stingray takes its first flight on Sept. 19, 2019. Boeing Photo The MQ-25 will enhance carrier capability and versatility for the Joint Forces Commander through rapid development, delivery, and integration of an effective, affordable, sustainable and adaptable unmanned air system into the Carrier Air Wing.