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MIDS JTRS Training, Planning, Design, and Operations

MIDS JTRS Training, Planning, Design, Operations and Maintenance is a three (3) day training course focusing on MIDS JTRS planning, network design, and operations.

Participants will learn about Link 16 and MIDS JTRS terminals focusing on new features, using SDR and software-programmable radio, JTRS advanced networking waveforms such as Joint Aerial Network – Tactical Edge (JAN-TE) requirements.

MIDS JTRS replaces  legacy radios and can reduce the need for excessive spares and logistics support. MIDS JTRS is a 4-channel radio designed to run complex Link 16 waveform and up to three additional communication protocols such as the Airborne Networking Waveform (ANW).

MIDS JTRS terminal enables enhanced operational effectiveness by utilizing software applications for expanded capability.

MIDS JTRS features include:

  • Current Link 16 and TACAN functionality
  • Similar physical footprint
  • Increased functionality (crypto modernization, frequency remapping, enhanced throughput, concurrent multi-netting/concurrent contention receive)
  • Future capability upgrades are possible

MIDS JTRS Training, Planning, Design, and Operations Training Objectives

Upon completing this training course, the attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the motivating factors behind Link 16 and MIDS-JTRS
  • Define the key features of MIDS-JTRS
  • Identify challenges in Link 16 planning, operation and management and to address them
  • Sketch the Link 16 and MIDS-JTRS network architecture
  • List the functional requirements, operational requirements, security and performance targets for MIDS-JTRS
  • Specify MIDS-JTRS radio operations and protocols
  • Summarize the MIDS-JTRS system acquisition and session setup procedures
  • Explain advanced MIDS-JTRS planning, management and operational aspects
  • Describe the key operational scenarios for LMIDS-JTRS deployment
  • List Interoperability issues with fielded MIDS-LVT terminals
  • Discuss backward-compatibility with legacy communication systems to exchange tactical picture information in real time

Course Agenda

Overview of Link 16 and MIDS JTRS

  • Overview of Link 16
  • What is JTIDS / MIDS?
  • MIDS JTRS Architecture
  • Frequencies & Waveform
  • Message Packing
  • Link 16 Access Modes
  • Link 16 Networks
  • Link 16 Network Structures
  • J-Series Messages
  • Role of Software Defined Radio (SDR) in Link 16 Terminals

Link 16 End Users Terminals

  • Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS)
  • MIDS-LVT (Low volume terminal): LVT (1), LVT(2), or LVT(3)
  • MIDS-JTRS (Joint Tactical Radio System Terminals)
  • MIDS JTRS Components: Link-16, J-Voice, and TACAN functionality
  • MIDS-LVT with Block Upgrade 2 (BU2)
  • Crypto Modernization
  • Programmable Crypto
  • Link-16 enhanced throughput (ET)
  • Link-16 frequency remapping (FR)
  • JTRS Software Communication Architecture (SCA)

MIDS JTRS Signal Processing

  • Security and encryption
  • Secure Data Unit
  • Communications modes
  • Reed-Solomon Encoding and Decoding
  • Error correction
  • Cyclic Code Shift Keying (CCSK)
  • Continuous Phase Shift Modulation
  • Principles behind MSK

MIDS JTRS Network Planning and Management

  • TDL management and operation
  • Embedded in Integrated Avionics F-35
  • Multi-Channel Terminals
  • Weapons and Small Platform
  • Link 16 Terminal Modernization
  • Network planning
  • Participation group communities
  • MIDS JTRS network design
  • MIDS JTRS network management
  • MIDS JTRS system integration
  • MIDS JTRS operations
  • MIDS JTRS frequency operations and management

MIDS JTRS Network Design and Capacity Calculation

  • Network design principles
  • Capacity models and calculation
  • Multi-Net
  • Track and NPG capacity modeling and calculations
  • Time Slot (TS) block assignment
  • Initial planning process
  • Pre-mission planning
  • MIDS JTRS architecture planning
  • Network roles and responsibilities

MIDS JTRS System Life cycle Planning and Management

  • The TDL life cycle
  • Successful robust TDL network
  • TDL optimization and interoperability
  • Integration between participating platforms
  • successful integration at both physical and data levels
  • Battle space Management process
  • Long Range Planning
  • Data Link Operations Center (DLOC)
  • Understanding different types of platforms
  • Estimating ranges
  • Other national and international agreements
  • Primary link
  • Multi Link architecture
  • Link 11 and Link 16
  • Short Range Planning
  • OPTASK link (OTL) messages
  • JTIDS Forecast Report (JFAR)
  • Liaisons
  • Mission planning

Configuration of MIDS JTRS Terminals 

  • Allocations of Link 16 STN, ID Set and time on/off task
  • Link 16 design
  • Link 16 network initialization
  • Link 16 Network Management System (NMS)
  • Network Time Reference (NTR)
  • Synchronizing with an External Network Time Reference
  • Synchronization
  • Time quality
  • Active and passive Synchronization
  • External Time Reference Network (ETRN)
  • System Time Reference Network (STRN)
  • Monitoring and managing network
  • Compliance monitoring
  • Link 16 network health
  • Issues joining a network
  • Relay status
  • Interoperability
  • Radiation restrictions
  • Frequency management
  • Identifying problems
  • Network troubleshooting
  • Radio relay control
  • Control messages

MIDS JTRS Case Studies

  • MIDS JTRS 4-Channel Radio
  • Missions based on Software-Defined Radio
  • Plug-and-Play Replacement for MIDS LVT
  • Concurrent Multi-Netting
  • MIDS JTRS 4-Channel Radio Fielding
  • MIDS JTRS terminal from Viasat
  • Simultaneous 4-Channel Operation for Link 16, TACAN, and Advanced Waveforms
  • Joint Aerial Network – Tactical Edge (JAN-TE) requirements
  • Small Tactical Terminal (STT) KOR-24A
  • Link 16 + Secure VHF/UHF Line-of-Sight Networks at the Tactical Edge
  • BATS-D: Handheld Link 16 Radio
  • BATS-E: Embeddable, Very Low-SWaP Link 16 Radio
  • The MIDS Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) by Data Link Solutions (DLS)
  • MIDS JTRS 4-channel radio
  • MIDS JTRS  configurations
  • MIDS JTRS Core, MIDS JTRS CMN-4, and MIDS JTRS CMN-4 w/Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT)


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