BLUFA US Air Force test and evaluation squadron at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada have begun adding these devices to F-35s across the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.
This article by Stephen Losey, writing for Defense News, makes the following points:
- The devices have been named the Quick Reaction Instrumentation Package, or QRIP.
- The new, smaller QRIPs are mounted to an F-35′s weapons bay.
- In the past, F-35s recorded data via a 2,500-pound pod that took up an entire weapons bay.
- The old pods cost $25 million each, and data often took weeks or months to access.
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References from the Web:
- NOV 2022 New, Miniaturized Data Pod Will Accelerate Fighter Refinements, Fleet Maintenance—Air & Space Forces Magazine
- NOV 2022 U.S. Air Force uses F-35 aircraft with $230,000 miniature QRIP device to collect flight data instead of $25 million system - device may appear on B-21 Raider nuclear bomber and MQ-9 Reaper UAV—Gagadget.com