Curtiss-Wright Receives Security Authorization from U.S. Air Force for Three Link 16 Software Products

Curtiss-Wright Receives Security Authorization from U.S. Air Force for Three Link 16 Software Products
TCG LinkPRO, TCG BOSS, and TCG GTS all earn placement on DOD’s OTI evaluated/approved products list


DSEI 2021, ExCel, LONDON, UK – 14 September 2021 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division (Bays 22-26 ExCeL Exhibition Centre), a trusted supplier of tactical data link (TDL) software and hardware solutions engineered to succeed, announced that it has received certification from the United States Air Force for three of its industry-leading Link 16 software products. The software certification, authorizing use within the Operation Training Infrastructure (OTI), was received from the DoD’s Operational Training Infrastructure Division for Curtiss-Wright’s TCG LinkPRO Version TCM-2020-x, TCG Battlefield Operations Support System (BOSS) Version TCM-2020-x, and TCG Ground Tactical Data Link System (GTS) Version TCM-2020-x products. Organizations using these products can now use the security authorization certification as an artifact when applying for a network Authority To Operate (ATO), which information systems require to operate on a classified network. 

According to an Air Force statement, validation of these products was based on test data and artifacts provided by the HQ ACC/A3AR and reviewed by the OTI Authorizing Official (AO) office. For each of these three products, the OTI Authorizing Official Designated Representative (AODR) confirmed no unmitigated Critical or High Findings. The product presents a low risk to the system or enclave. As a result of their certification, the three products have been placed on the OTI Evaluated/Approved Products List (OTI E/APL).

“We are very pleased that our Link 16 tactical data link software products have been evaluated and certified for use by the U.S. Air Force, which paves the way for organizations using these products to obtain an ATO for their use on classified networks,” said Chris Wiltsey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. “The proven capabilities of our Link 16 TDL technology improve tactical communications, reduce the time, risk, and expense of TDL implementation and integration, alleviate interoperability issues, and lower lifecycle maintenance costs for militaries and prime contractors worldwide. They help deliver timely and accurate information to our warfighters to enable command and control operations.”

About TCG LinkPRO

Curtiss-Wright’s TCG LinkPRO Tactical Data Link Processing Software is a standards-based, high fidelity, software-only, multi-link, TDL processing engine that improves tactical communications, reduces time, risk, and expense of TDL integration alleviates interoperability issues, and lowers lifecycle maintenance costs for military and prime contractors worldwide.  


Curtiss-Wright’s TCG Ground Tactical Data Link System (GTS) is an affordable, interoperable, and combat-proven battlefield TDL system with comprehensive situational awareness (SA), command and control (C2), and non-command and control (non-C2) data link capabilities. TCG GTS is a suite of products that support multiple TDLs and communication protocols, including Link 16, Link 11, VMF, SADL, JREAP-A, JREAP-C, SIMPLE, ADS-B, AIS, and DIS, with Link 22 support coming soon. TCG GTS is available in multiple, cost-effective configurations to allow for use in fixed and mobile command centers deployed operations down-range or other specific military use cases. DOD-accredited, TCG GTS has full authority to operate when connected to the SIPRNET and is on the Air Force Approved Product List. TCG GTS can be the net time reference (NTR) and produce a training scenario with virtual assets, C2 functions, and friendly, hostile, and neutral participants. The simulation over-live capability provides active units with high fidelity, low-cost training system.


Curtiss-Wright’s TCG Battlefield Operations Support System (BOSS) TDL testing and platform integration solution allow military end-users and prime contractors to verify that the TDL implementations being delivered on aircraft, ships, and other military platforms conform to Link 16, Link 11, VMF, JREAP, SIMPLE, SADL, DIS, and related TDL standards and interface definitions. TCG BOSS is the worldwide standard for Link 16 testing. It is a powerful TDL network simulator and exerciser capable of creating a complete and highly realistic test environment, including virtual command and control (C2) assets, network-enabled weapons (NEW), targets, threats, and simulated network participants.     


About Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) is an innovative global company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the Aerospace and Defense markets and the Commercial markets, including Power, Process, and General Industrial. Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 8,200 people worldwide. For more information, visit


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John Wranovics

John Wranovics

Director of Public Relations

John Wranovics has over thirty years of experience in managing media relations and the promotion of high technology products. He has been with Curtiss-Wright since 2003. He has a degree in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.