Modern defense and military landscapes rely on TTNT (Tactical Targeting Network Technology).
In fact, DoD directives outlines a strong need for how the three segments of the DoD Global Information Grid — space, airborne and terrestrial — communicate with one another via IP-enabled network nodes.
The chief benefits of TTNT include no network preplanning. TTNT uses Statistical Priority Multiple Access which allows for dynamic net join and exit, scalability, and automatic network capacity allocation.
This is important because multi-level traffic prioritization and class of service messaging ensures the delivery of key data, on time.
This flexibility allows for simultaneous support of multiple widely varying traffic types, bursty traffic support, and line of sight long-range communications, tested at well over 300 nm.
TTNT’s role in networking includes transit or edge networks, gateway nodes, and stub networks serving as a data transport for IP and low latency transport for network sensor data, voice, video and transport of data that has multiple levels of security.
Military analysts point out that TTNT is important because before TTNT, networking infrastructure was based on technology developed 30 years earlier – technology that did not keep time with the delivery of the sensor data and ISR data that fifth generation air vehicles are capable of collecting.
Additional benefits of TTNT include a strong “anti-jam” performance feature that is of particular use in a contested environment using a multi-hop relay and automatic routing to extend beyond the line-of-sight, along with the fact that the platform itself allows for the simultaneous transmission and receipt of up to four different data streams at any given time.
TTNT also allows for the instant and secure sharing of the aforementioned types of voice, video and data transfer rates at speeds of up to Mach 8 – or roughly 6138 miles per hour.
This again would be very beneficial in a situation where high speed aircraft are engaged in secure communications with one another, even if they were going in different directions.
The connection itself is also “self-forming” and “self-healing.” That means communicating platforms/users can automatically join and leave the network without any type of advanced planning, which can be a hurdle for the use of other types of networking options.
Such network access is very beneficial for situations where multiple aircraft might be in communication with each other, as well as with crews on the ground.
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