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A Standard Missile 6 launches to engage an over-the-horizon threat as part of the U.S. Navy's first live fire demonstration to successfully test the integration of the F-35 with existing NIFC-CA architecture.
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WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (Sept. 12, 2016) A Standard Missile 6 launches to engage an over-the-horizon threat as part of the U.S. Navys first live fire demonstration to successfully test the integration of the F-35 with existing Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) architecture. During the test, an unmodified U.S. Marine Corps F-35B acted as an elevated sensor to send data through its Multi-Function Advanced Data Link to a ground station connected to USS Desert Ship (LLS 1), a land-based launch facility designed to simulate a ship at sea. (U.S. Army photo by Drew Hamilton)

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