[Avionics Today May 2, 2014] Rockwell Collins has announced a new solution, the Network Tactical Gateway (NTG), providing access to Link 16, Joint Air Request (JAR) and Situational Awareness (SA) data link networks.
The NTG made its debut at the 2014 Bold Quest 14.2, an air combat assessment led by the U.S. Department of Defense's Joint Chiefs of Staff to evaluate joint fires, maneuvers and system concepts. Nations participating in the exercise included Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the U.S.
Bold Quest focuses on the interoperability between the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy, along with its international partners.
Tommy Dodson, vice president and general manager of surface solutions for
Rockwell Collins, said the device is capable of performing the same functions as larger solutions, enabling access to networks from "virtually anywhere, from military vehicles, to the back of a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft."