Resolving the Issues With Legacy Tactical Data Link Gateways

October 17, 2019

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Legacy TDL Gateways Weren’t Designed for Modern Battlefields

Military organizations around the world rely heavily on TDLs to securely and reliably share mission-critical information among air, ground, and sea platforms. But, the TDL gateways that translate information across TDL types are notoriously difficult and time-consuming to set up and configure. Warfighters at the tactical edge of the battlefield don’t have the knowledge, skills, or time to operate them.

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If equipment is not fast and easy to set up and operate in the field, there’s a good chance warfighters will simply leave it behind when they head out on missions, putting their own lives, and mission success, at risk.

A Modern TDL Gateway Is Automated and User-Friendly

To resolve the many technical and operational challenges with legacy TDL gateways, gateway developers must adopt a very broad and open-minded approach that considers the entire system, not just specific functions. This is the only approach that will result in a modern TDL gateway that delivers all of the capabilities and benefits warfighters need:

  • Single-button startup, including automated link connections, in seconds
  • A highly intuitive graphical user interface that clearly indicates connectivity information flow and filtering of traffic
  • Up-to-date and accurate contextual translations of relevant link data that take bandwidth limitations into account
  • Support for a wide variety of link types, including Link 16, VMF, CoT, Cooperative Electronic Support Measures Operations (CESMO), GPS, Situational Awareness Data Link (SADL), Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol (JREAP), Serial-J, and Socket-J
  • Automatic radio configuration, initialization, control, and monitoring for Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS), Low Volume Terminal (LVT), MIDS Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), and combat-net radios
  • A complete Link 16 implementation

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