Tactical Data Links (TDLs) training courses, seminars and conferences offered by Tonex include a complete and comprehensive suite of Link 16, Link 22, JREAP, MADL, SADL, EPLRS, VMF, and CEC training programs from high level to expert user traiing courses. All courses are delivered to the customer in a traditional classroom environment at the customer’s facility or at a Tonex facility n Washington D.C., Dallas, TX, Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA or Palo Alto, CA. Our TDL courseware covers a broad spectrum of training objectives and can easily be tailored to meet the specific needs of the training audience. Courses offered:
- TDL Foundation and Advanced Courses
- Tactical Data Links (TDLs) Fundamentals
- Tactical Data Links (TDLs) Crash Course
- Link 16 / JTIDS / MIDS (1-day High Level)
- Link 16 / JTIDS / MIDS (2-Day Fundamentals)
- Link 16 / JTIDS / MIDS (Advanced)
- Link 22 (1-day High Level)
- Link 22 (2-Day Fundamentals)
- Link 22 (Advanced)
- JREAP (Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol) (2-Day Fundamentals)
- Variable Message Format (VMF) (2-Day Fundamentals)
- TDL Network Planning (Crash Course)
- TDL Network Management (Crash Course)
- OPTASK Link (2-Day Fundamentals)
Tonex also offers a broad and diverse range of TDL engineering and test services in support many programs and engineering disciplines: test and engineering support for TDL Interoperability, MIDS/JTIDS/CDLMS/JSS System Design, Tactical Data Link Planning, JTIDS / MIDS Operations, JTIDS / MIDS Network Planning, JTIDS / MIDS Network Management, JTIDS / MIDS Network Design, Link 16 / MIDS System Integration, Link 16 / MIDS System Integration, Multi-Link Network Management, Multi-Link Network Management, Radiation Restrictions and Frequency Management, Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol, Multi-Link Network Planning, Operational Multi-TDL Network Planning, Operational JTIDS / MIDS Network Desisgn, Frequency Clearance Management / EnforcementTest and Evaluation, CEC and TADIL Operations, Tactical System Training, and Combat Systems Integration and Design.
Tactical Data Links (TDLs) provide essential communications channels between forces to support interoperability. TDL parameters information exchange:
- Network management;
- Precise Participant Location and Identification (PPLI)
- Air surveillance;
- Land surveillance;
- Terrestrial surveillance;
- Space surveillance;
- Electronic surveillance;
- Electronic warfare (EW);
- Intelligence (ISR);
- Mission management;
- Weapons coordination and management;
- Air control;
- Managementul informatic;
- Free text exchange;
- Voice communication exchange.
The adoption of rigorous, proven standards ensures that tactical information is imparted securely and reliably to all force elements and is therefore a critical enabler to Battlespace Management (BM) and Shared Situational Awareness (SSA) in operations.
Exchange real-time situational awareness information, intelligence and voice communications across the battlespace using TDL terminals in aircraft, ships, and ground platforms with secure, jam-resistant communication and tactical data links.
Using Tactical Terminal using Link 16 and secure UHF line-of-sight (LOS) to dismounted warfighters, ground vehicles, landing craft, UAVs, helicopters, and other disadvantaged platforms.
Turnkey Tactical Data Links systems support command and control, surveillance, intelligence, weapon status, and situational awareness communications.
Summary of TDLs:
Link 11 passes air, surface and subsurface pictures between ground, airborne and maritime units. It was initially intended to provide picture compilation for naval units but has become the most widespread picture compilation TDL, being also found in missile systems such as Patriot. The system is also referred to by US/Australian forces as TADIL A (Link 11A) and TADIL B (Link 11B). Strictly speaking the acronym TADIL has not been used since 2000 when it was replaced by ‘TDL’ but in reality most US units still refer to their TADILs.
Link 16, a tactical data link standard
a jam-resistant high-speed digital data link which operates in the radio frequency band 960–1,215 MHz.
Reserved on a worldwide basis by the ITU Radio Regulations
960–1164 MHz: Aeronautical Mobile and Aeronautical Radio Navigation
1164–1215 MHz: Aeronautical Radio Navigation and Radio Navigation Satellite
Based on spread spectrum: Frequency-hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) and Direct Sequence spread spectrum (DSSS) in order to improve immunity to jamming.
Joint Range Extension Application Protocol (JREAP) is an application protocol that enables the transmission of tactical data link messages over media that was not originally designed for TDLs. Supported communication media are:
Satellite communications – JREAP A
Point-to-Point – JREAP B
IP Networks – JREAP C
Link-22, TADIL-F and NATO Improved Link Eleven (NILE) are synonymous terms describing an electronic counter measures (ECM) resistant, flexible, beyond line of sight tactical data communications system for linking tactical data systems equipped ships, submarines, aircraft and land-based sites.
This data link system supports tactical picture compilation, weapons engagement and status management, and command and control for maritime, airborne early warning and land-based operations. Link-22 is essentially an improvement that will eventually replace Link-11. It is a multinetwork link, capable of operating in both fixed frequency (FF) and frequency hopping (FH) modes in the HF and UHF bands.
A NATO secure radio system, Link 22 provides beyond line-of-sight, or BLOS, communications among air-, surface-, subsurface- and ground-based tactical data systems, as a means to facilitate exchange of tactical data. It is slated to replace Link 11, started with a rollout to allies in 2018, with U.S. forces expected to start fielding in 2020.
The Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS) is a high capacity TDL that can provide simultaneous voice, data and situation awareness (SA). It is a self forming, self healing mesh network that automatically relays from one radio to another.
The Situation Awareness Data Link (SADL) is an air-ground EPLRS application used by both the US Air Force and US Army as an anti-fratricide measure. Fully integrated into Close Air Support (CAS) aircraft, SADL can be used in three types of networks:
Air-to-Air – for airspace SA, Air-to-Ground – for interoperability with EPLRS-equipped units, Gateway – two-way exchange of SADL and Link 16 SA/Command and Control (C2)
The Intra-Flight Data Link (IFDL) is a low probability of intercept (LPI), low probability of detection (LPD) secure data link that was developed to provide data connectivity between F-22 aircraft.
The Multifunctional Advanced Data Link (MADL) is a high data rate, K-band communication link with LPI and LPD characteristics. The objective of MADL is to provide an airborne data link that supports cooperative engagements between stealth aircraft without compromising stealth observability performance. MADL is a high-data-rate, directional communications link. The advanced data link allows coordinated tactics and engagement to bring significant operational advantages to fifth-generation aircraft operating in high-threat environments.
Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) is part of the U.S. Navy FORCEnet architecture of cooperating sensors and associated computers, data fusion computers, and weapons and weapons control systems that share not only situational awareness, but fire control across platforms.