Link 22 is a secure beyond-line-of-sight communication capability that increases joint and coalition communications in the surface, sub-surface, land, and air domains by providing unprecedented situational awareness across the battle space.
Analysts contend that Link 22 with its new technology refresh of core hardware and software components provides a foundation that is expandable to platforms for years to come.
The inherent performance benefits of Link 22, include:
⦁ Self-healing network ability
⦁ Increased user availability
⦁ Longer range
⦁ Interoperability with Link 11 and Link 16
⦁ New modernized crypto
The Link 22 program was initially conducted collaboratively by seven nations under the aegis of a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The original seven nations were Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US), with the US acting as the host nation. Spain has replaced the Netherlands as a NILE (NATO Improved Link Eleven) nation.
From the outset, the goals of Link 22 have been multi-pronged, such as:
⦁ Replace Link 11, thereby removing the inherent limitations of Link 11
⦁ Improve Allied interoperability
⦁ To complement Link 16
⦁ To enhance the commanders’ war fighting capability.
The SNC is the core component of Link 22 and was integrated into the Data Link Processing System enclosure by IBM. The SNC can dynamically manage up to eight simultaneous physical radio networks, known as NILE Networks (NN), in a single logical network called the Super Network (SN).
Each of the physical radio networks can be HF, UHF, fixed-frequency (FF) or frequency-hopping. UHF links are intended for LOS communication only. For HF, the algorithms in the SNC are optimized to cover a range of 300 nautical miles (NM). Live trials have shown that ranges over 600 NM can be covered without noticeable problems.
The Link 22 capabilities developed by IBM are directly implemented into the multilink IBM Data Link Processing System. These capabilities are also integrated into a modern, service-oriented architecture that can adapt to meet the interoperability requirements of modern operations.
Want to learn more? Tonex offer Link 22 Training, a 2-day course that covers the latest technology attempts to use COTS products.
Learn how Link 22 provides a simple-to-use functions that require minimal operator interaction, enhances tactical data link capabilities and functions as an excellent stand-alone tactical data link that can interwork with Link 16.
This course benefits managers, and procurers to get executive-level information; planners, operators, and technicians to gain user-level and operational information (ConOps); any other technical professionals to get technical-level information.
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