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French Navy looks at step change in data sharing

13th December 2019 - 13:10 GMT | by Thomas Withington in Toulouse

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The French Navy is deepening its ability to share tactical situational awareness data via its Naval Cooperative Surveillance initiative. 

The Veille Coopérative Navale (VCN/Naval Cooperative Surveillance) system is a communications protocol which allows surface combatants to share their Recognised Air and Maritime Pictures (RAP/RMP) with each other across a task force. 

Presently Tactical Datalinks (TDLs) such as NATO’s Link-11 and Link-16 allow the sharing of track and tactical information across these respective two megahertz/MHz to 29.9MHz/225MHz to 399.975MHz and 960MHz to 1.215 gigahertz/GHz networks, but not the sharing of the actual RAP/RMP. 

The VCN will offer three advantages: Vessels on

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