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Link 16 Training | Tactical Data Link Training

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Link 16 Training | Tactical Data Link Training Course Hands-on

By choosing ENO for your Link 16 training courses, you can expect that all the information learned in class is accurate, relevant and up to date. Our Link 16 training courses are designed by Link 16 experts in the field, and this allows our workshops to excel in certain topics that only professionals in the field would understand.

We also continually update our reading materials, teaching techniques and course offerings to reflect the latest trends in technology. Instead of following the trends, we stay ahead of them to be a frontrunner in the industry.

Link 16 Training crash course, Bootcamp style starts with an introduction to Tactical Data Links and covers concepts behind Network Centric Operations (NCO), Link 16 planning, network design, network management, operations and maintenance, and troubleshooting are discussed.

Duration: 3 days

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● We can adapt this Link 16 Training course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
● If you are familiar with some aspects of this Link 16 Training course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
● We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Link 16 Training course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
● If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Link 16 Training course in manner understandable to lay audiences.

Audience / Target Group:

The target audience for this Link 16 Training Crash Course Bootcamp course:

• Operators, Engineers, Designers, Architect, Software and Hardware Developers, Project Managers, Product Managers, Sales and Support and anyone else who is interested to understand concepts behind Link 16 / JTIDS / MIDS.


Upon completing of this Link 16 Training course, the student will:

● Discuss Tactical Digital Information Link (TADIL)
● Understand the key concepts behind Link 16 / JTIDS / MIDS
● List LINK 16/ JTIDS / MIDS Principals and Features
● Explore Link 16 / JTIDS / MIDS architecture
● Discuss Link 16 system characteristics
● Explore network architecture, services, elements, protocols to support services
● Identify the role of key network nodes, interfaces, protocols, control and related protocols
● Discuss TDMA and CDMA and access mode
● Describe Network Participation Groups (NGP) and J-Series Messages
● Discuss various Link 16 terminals and message packing and pulses
● Understand similarities and differences between Link 16 Networks and Nets
● Describe Link 16 Network Access Modes, Network Time, Network Time Reference (NTR) and Terminal Synchronization
● Understand Link 16 Network Roles, Relays and Pulse Deconfliction
● Calculate Link 16 capacity and Time Slot Duty Factor (TSDF)
● Discuss Communications Security and Link 16 Cyber Security
● Describe Link 16 MSEC/TSEC methods
● Discuss JTIDS / MIDS Network Planning and Design
● Discuss JTIDS / MIDS Management, Operation and Troubleshooting and Monitoring
● Understand the role of Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol (JREAP)
● Discuss Link 16 Network Enable Weapons
● Discuss Link 16 troubleshooting techniques and procedures

Link 16 Training - Course Content:

Overview of Tactical Digital Information Link (TADIL)

What is TADIL?
TADIL Capabilities
Basic principles and purpose
Platforms and Development
Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS)
Surveillance Control Data Link (SCDL)
Ground Station Modules (GSMs)
Joint Tactical Data Link Management Plan (JTDLMP)
Tactical data link for command, control, and intelligence
TADIL A/B [Link-11] Link 16 as the prime data link for U.S. and NATO forces
TADIL C [Link-4A] Conventional Link Eleven Waveform (CLEW)
Single Tone Link Eleven Waveform (SLEW)
Link 22 to replace Link 11 and to complement Link 16
Secure digital radio link in HF and UHF band

Overview of TADIL J (Link-16)/JTIDS/MIDS

Basic Link 16 principles and purpose
Link 16 capabilities
Link 16 protocol vs. terminals
MIL-STD-6016 – Tactical Data Link (TDL) 16 Message Standard
STANAG 5516 – Tactical Data Exchange – Link 16
MIDS System Segment Specification (SSS)
MIDS System Segment – Interface Control Document (Hardware ICD)
MIL-STD-6016E: Tactical Data Link (TDL) 16 Message Standard
Overview of or Satellite TADIL J (S-TADIL J)
Real-time Beyond Line-of-Sight (BLOS)

Overview of Link 16 System Architecture, Protocols and Components

Overview of Link 16 Operations
Link 16 Architecture
Link 16 Network Time and Network Roles
Link 16 Terminal Navigation and Network Relays
Link 16 Terminals and Platforms/Capabilities
Link 16 Configurations / Maintenance
Link 16 Data Terminals
Voice Transmission and Reception over Link 16
Principles of Multiple Access in Link 16
TDMA Principles in the Link 16
Link 16 Frequencies and Time Slots
Link 16 Interference Protection Features
Time Slot Duty Factor (TDSF)
Participation Groups
Network Operations, Roles and Responsibilities
Precise Participant Location and Identification (PLLI)
Link 16 Security
Range Extension Techniques

Purpose of Tactical Digital Information and Link 16 Systems

Purpose and Description
Data Link Advantages
Link 16 for anti-jam (AJ), secure, data and voice system
Standard waveforms and messages to promote interoperability
Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) and Multifunctional Information
Distribution System (MIDS)
Architecture and Network Design
Link 16 Parameters
Pulse Deconfliction
Frequency Assignments
Architecture Examples
Time Slot Blocks (TSBs)
Message Construction
Net synchronization
Frequencies and Interference Protection Feature (IPF)
Range Extension by Relay
Time Slot Reallocation (TSR)
Precise Participant Location and Identification (PPLI)
Link-16 Enhance Throughput (LET)
VMF Message Catalogue
Video on Link-16

Principles and Features of Link 16 Systems and Terminals

Link 16 System Characteristics
Air/Ground Situational Awareness
Link 16 Architecture
LINK 16 Features
LINK 16 Functions
Fully Functional Link 16 Terminal
MIDS LVT-1 (Ethernet)
MIDS LVT-2 (Ethernet)
MIDS LVT-2 (X.25)
MIDS LVT-3 (1553)
USN E-2 (1553)
USAF E-8 (1553)
USAF F-15 (1553)
USAF MCE (1553)
USMC MCE (1553)
US Army 2M (X.25)
LINK 16 Terminals
Multifunctional information distribution system (MIDS) fighter data link
Low Volume Terminals (LVT)
Terminal Options: MIDS terminals, Class 2 terminals
MIDS Low-Volume Terminals (LVTs)
The MIDS-LVT (1) Family
LVT (1) TACAN Tactical Air Navigation System, and Voice
LVT (4) Voice, but eliminates TACAN
LVT (6) provides TACAN no Voice
LVT (7) bare-bones model, no TACAN or Voice
MIDS LVT (2) family ground terminal
Handheld Link 16 Radio, BATS-D
Handheld Form Factor

LINK 16 Network Management Operational Scenarios

LINK 16 Architecture and Management
LINK 16 Troubleshooting and Monitoring
LINK 16 Network Planning and Design
LINK 16 Operation and Troubleshooting and Monitoring
Related J series messages

LINK-16 Capabilities

LINK-16 Basic Capabilities
Tactical Data Link 16
Link 16 Architecture
Link 16 System Operation
Time Slots
Exchange real-time tactical data
Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA)
Acquisition & maintenance of system time
Time Slot
Link 16 Division of Network Time
Epochs, Frames and Timeslots
Network Participation Groups (NPG)
Terminal variations
Class I, Class II, MIDS (LVT-1, LVT-2, LVT-3)
Host platform integration requirements
Link 16 Messages
Link 16 Security

Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol (JREAP)

What is JREAP?
Tactical data over digital media and networks
JREAP/TADIL Testing/Simulation
JREAP Application Block
Joint Range Extension (JRE) Gateway
JREAP B – Serial
JREAP C – Ethernet

Satellite TADILS

Link-11 via satellite
Satellite TADIL-J (STJ)
Multicast TADIL-J (MTJ)

Link 16 Network Enabled Weapon (NEW)

Introduction to Link 16 Network Enable Weapons
Net Enabled Weapons supporting missions Use Cases
Network Enabled Weapons (NEW) Architecture
Network Enabled Weapon Messages (J11.X)
NEW Implementation Requirements
In-Flight Target Updates (IFTUs)
Targeting and engagement of Moving Targets
In-flight Retargeting/Reallocation
In-flight Abort
Sensor to Weapon 3PS Targeting (S2W 3PS)
Weapon to Weapon Coordination (Cooperative Attack)

Structured Link 16 Troubleshooting Approaches

Isolate and solve Link 16 network, terminals and design problems
Root Cause Analysis Techniques applied to Link 16
TONEX Link 16 DFMEA and PFMEA processes and templates
Systematic elimination of hypothetical causes
Narrowing down on the possible causes
The top-down approach
The bottom-up approach
The spot-the-differences approach
The move-the-problem approach
Failure at Upper Link 16 Layers
Application Layer Failure
Failure at Lower Link 16 Layers
Failure at network topology
Failure at security keys
The Divide-and-Conquer Troubleshooting Approach
Follow-the-Path Troubleshooting Approach
The Compare-Configurations Troubleshooting Approach
The Swap-Components Troubleshooting Approach

Link 16 Troubleshooting Procedures

Link 16 Verification and Validation Plans
Testing, Simulation and Analysis Techniques
Verification of Link 16 initial and mission plans
Testing Link 16 Hardware Platforms and Software Features
Link 16 Network Design Verification
Testing Link 16 RF Capabilities
Synchronization testing
Testing Link 16 Features
Testing C2 to C2 Battle Management
Testing C2 to Fighter mission assignments
Testing Fighter to Fighter information exchange
Testing Imagery and Voice communications
Testing Network Enable Weapons

Link 16 Verification and Validation (V&V) Plans and Procedures

Link 16 Network Integrity V&V
Link 16 NPG Status V&V
Cryptonet V&V
Frequency Planning and Management V&V
Time Slot Duty Factor (TSDF) Tests
Multi-Link Network V&V
Roles / Responsibilities V&V

Link 16 Training covers all aspects of tactical data links employed by the U.S Navy, the Joint Services, NATO and Japan. Link 16 / JTIDS / MIDS training course covers all aspects of Link 16 / JTIDS (Joint Tactical Information Distribution System)/ MIDS (Multifunctional Information Distribution System).

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