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Link 16 capability migrating towards infantry use

4th June 2019 - 13:00 GMT | by Thomas Withington in Toulouse


The NATO Link 16 tactical data link (TDL) is synonymous with air operations however it is now migrating into the hands of individual soldiers, promising to make close air support yet more precise and responsive. 

Since its advent in the late 1970s/early 1980s it has been used to move track and tactical data across high frequency and very high frequency radio communications covering a bandwidth of two megahertz/MHz to 30MHz, and 225MHz to 400MHz. 

The TDL was intended to connect aircraft to one another, and with ships and land installations involved in air operations: The latter could include anti-air warfare …

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