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TTNT Engineering, Design and Testing Training

TTNT Engineering, Design and Testing Training is a 2-day practical training course covering engineering and design, testing and operations of Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT) Tactical Data Link (TDL).

It will provide knowledge to assist operators, users, and engineers in developing, producing, operating, and sustaining TTNT TDL system and capabilities on multiple platforms and tactical assets. Link 16 engineering and testing is an integral part of the Systems Engineering Process (SEP) which identifies levels of performance and assists the Link 16 developer in correcting deficiencies.

TTNT Design, Engineering and Testing Training enables the TTNT engineering, design, testing and certification and identifies the limitations (technical or operational), Critical Operational Issues (COI) of the Link 16 system under testing so that they can be resolved prior to operation and deployment.

For over 30 years TONEX has supported land, air and maritime military operations, defense organizations and government agencies around the world to deliver situational awareness consulting and training and enhanced operating effectiveness of mission critical TDL systems.  Our team of skilled instructors, consultants and TDL experts assist participants on all aspects of the TDL engineering, design and testing in addition to Link 16 lifecycle processes.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Link 16 Engineering, Design and Testing training, the participants will be able to:

  • Explain the basic principles and concepts of Tactical Data Links (TDLs) and Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT)
  • Describe the key concepts, features and mechanisms behind TTNT engineering, design, and evaluation
  • Illustrate TTNT deployment scenarios on multiple platforms and tactical assets
  • List the basic principles of  TTNT engineering, design, testing, evaluation procedures, and methods
  • Perform TTNT engineering, design, testing and operations

Who Should Attend?

  • Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT) and other TDL operators and users
  • TTNT Technical Managers
  • TTNT Engineers and Technicians
  • TTNT Project Managers
  • TTNT Network Engineers
  • TTNT Analysts
  • TTNT Cybersecurity Professionals
  • TTNT Operational Test Staff

Course Agenda

Overview of Link 16

  • Introduction to TTNT
  • TTNT Architecture
  • TTNT Frequencies
  • TTNT Messages
  • TTNT MIDS JURS Terminals
  • Data, Video and Voice Transmission
  • Transmission and Reception

Features and Functions of the TTNT Networks

  • IP based design and engineering
  • Ad-hoc networking
  • Latency
  • Responsive and robust in dynamic environments (SPMA)
  • LO-compatibility
  • AJ comparable to Link 16
  • High throughput
  • JTRS compatible
  • Min operational support (no network preplanning)
  • Link 16 coexistence
  • Multiple levels of security
  • Growth capability (capable of WDL)

Developing a TTNT Solution  

  • Building your TTNT Solution
  • Testing and Validating your Solution
  • TTNT Test and Certification
  • Testing TTNT Solutions and Real-World Simulations
  • Overview of Mission Scenarios
  • Operational Overhead of Scripting and Terminal initialization

Engineering TTNT Solutions

  • Systems Engineering Life-Cycle Building Blocks for Link Systems
  •  Requirements Engineering and System Architecture
  • User Interfaces
  • Network Management and SNMP Operation
  • Configuration
  • Applicable DoD Symbology and Interfaces
  • TTNT System Design and Development
  • TTNT Systems Integration
  • TTNT Test and Evaluation
  • TTNT Verification and Validation

TTNT and Common Networking Services and Operations

  • Application layer services
  • Voice over IP
  • Video over IP
  • Airborne network vision
  • The Global Information Grid (GIG)
  • Emerging IP based terminals, systems, platforms, and ground sites
  • Routing architecture
  • Service Type and Protocols
  • On-demand ad hoc IP networking
  • Masterless self-healing networking capability

Link 16 Acquisition Systems Engineering

  • DOTMLPF (Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel and Facilities)
  • Interoperability
  • IOA (Interoperability Assessment)
  • IOC (Initial Operating Capability)
  • IOE (Interoperability Evaluation
  • IOM (Interoperability Matrix)
  • IPT (Integrated Process Team)
  • TTNT Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E)
  • Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E)
  • TTNT Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E)
  • TTNT Follow-on Operational Test and Evaluation (FOT&E)
  • TTNT  Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP)
  • TTNT Operational Assessment (OA)

Best TTNT Engineering, Design and Testing Practices and Lessons Learned

  • Testing Policy Structure and Oversight Mechanisms
  • Testing Process
  • Testing Test – Related Artifacts
  • Platform  Data Exchange Example for Different Platforms, Systems and ISR Assets

Hands-On Exercises

  • Develop a High-Level TTNT Use Case
  • Appearance of Tactical Symbols
  • Appearance of Tactical Geographic
  • C2 (Command and Control)
  • Combat effectiveness
  • Friend
  • Hostile
  • Joint military symbology
  • Meteorological symbology
  • Signals intelligence (SIGINT)
  • Tracks
  • Source Track Number (STN)
  • Joker: A friendly track acting as a suspect for exercise purposes
  • Kilo: A friendly track of special interest
  • Height above/below terrain surface
  • Estimating track position

Aircraft  (UAS) TTNT Configuration Overview

  • TTNT Mission Assignments
  • Command and Control Messages
  • C2 Air Mission
  • Air Track Message Exchange
  • C2 Correlation
  • Correlation Example
  • TTNT Capability Requirements Examples
  • Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

TTNT Design and Engineering Case Studies

  • TTNT in command and control architecture for the X-47B
  • Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT) data link, which provided information to warfighters on ships and in NAWCAD’s Surface/ Aviation: F/A-18 and EA-18G initiatives
  • Tactical targeting network technology (TTNT) and ALQ-218 receivers
  • Network-Centric Collaborative Targeting (NCCT) technologies
  • TTNT application for refueling
  • TTNT and JTRS Integration

Develop a TTNT Design and System Test Plan

  • Writing a test validation plan and summary report
  • Defining the test metrics
  • Plan, Analyze and implement Link system certification models


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