Tactical Digital Information Link - Test Report and Analysis on the Integration and Lexicon of Simulators (TADIL-TRAILS)
ASRC COMMUNICATION LTD KIRTLAND AFB NM DISTRIBUTED MISSION OPERATIONS CENTER
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Link 16 is a Communications, Navigation and Identification CNI system, intended to exchange surveillance and Command and Control C2 information among various C2 and weapons platforms, which enhance the missions of each service. Link 16 is the primary NATO standard for the tactical datalink. NATO STANAG 5516MIL-STD-6016C describes the TADIL J message formats and Link 16 network instructions. A protocol for simulating Link 16 in Distributive Interactive Simulation DIS and High Level Architecture HLA is in process of becoming a Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization SISO standard SISO-STD-002-V2.9.6. The standard is scheduled to begin formal balloting in April 2005. The Air Force Distributed Mission Operations Center of Excellence DMOC located at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, has implemented the Distributed Interactive Simulation DIS portion of SISO-STD-002- V2.8. In addition, Northrop Grumman has implemented the Draft Link 16 Simulation Standard protocol on its Common Connection Device CCD, and one such device is at the DMOC. The software followed the draft standard and modified the DIS Transmitter and Signal Protocol Data Units PDUs for Fidelity Levels 0 - 3. During the DIS standard implementation, valuable lessons on the design were provided to the SISO Standards Group, as well as recommended changes to the standard. Two tests and one experiment, which incorporated the changes to the Link 16 standard, were conducted at the DMOC. The tests and experiment objectives were to verify and validate the DIS portion of the standard. The first test was conducted the week of 9 Dec 2002, the second the week of 24 Feb 2003. The experiment was conducted during the JEFX 04 SPIRAL 3 Test, 17 26 May 2004. This paper presents the test results, experiment results, and lexicon of the Link 16 standard, in an effort to increase interoperability among C2 systems.
- Command, Control and Communications Systems