[Avionics Today 04-09-2015] Tactical Communications Group (TCG) has begun deployment of data link hardware and software to support data link operational and training needs for Link 16 interoperability for the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO). Initially, RAFO has received TCG's Ground Support System (GSS) with four tactical display workstations providing Tactical Situation Awareness, Target, Track, Point, Friendly Participating Unit emulation and message generation on a Link 16 network.
TCG’s Ground Tactical Data Link System (GTS). Photo: TCG.
The system features a sophisticated tactical display, MIL-STD-compliant message processor and an intuitive training and test capability. The GSS also records Link 16 network transmission for post mission analysis and playback, provides a stable navigation source, and can operate as either a Command and Control (C2) or non-C2 system.
"The GSS is capable of supporting realistic training environments, is deployable, enhances support of data link systems operations, and empowers minimally trained personnel to participate as a member of the operational environment," said Frank Newark, vice president of engineering at TCG. He also noted that the GSSS supports ground-based testing an straining, live operations, operational data recording and post operational analysis as well.