According to a press release issued by Leonardo DRS on August 20, 2021, the company has successfully completed the formal interoperability testing of its Link-22 (SPC) signal controller within NATO’s Link-22 Network for Enhanced Connection (NILE). ). Adherence to this standard allows Leonardo DRS to ensure world-class technology production and full interoperability with all NATO partners and Allies supporting operations and exercises in the INDOPACOM theater.
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Rendering of Leonardo DRS Link-22 SPC rendering in action (Photo source: Leonardo DRS)
Leonardo DRS works closely with the NILE team to successfully complete all cycles and posture for future achievements. The success illustrates that Leonardo DRS SPCs are compliant with Link-22 Block Cycle 9 specifications for current and emerging mission requirements for users around the world.
Link-22 tactical links are used by the US military and other Allied forces to increase joint and coalition communications in the surface, underwater, land and air areas, providing unprecedented situational awareness in combat. This is the main means of data exchange, including radar tracking information beyond the line of sight.
With over 40 years of tactical data experience, 1,100 SPCs compatible with Link-22 and more than 3,000 sets of Link-11 data terminals delivered, deployed and custom, military services around the world depend on Leonardo DRS for offline visual communications ensuring interoperability between domains, platforms and nations. The company continues to invest in Link-22 technology, giving consumers high performance for today’s battlefield while offering opportunities and growth for future missions.
Leonardo DRS’s Link-22 SPC solution is well positioned for current missions and is prepared to accept additional missions due to the abundance of backup memory and additional processing power. Using next-generation hardware and software architecture, combined with software-defined radio and software-defined modem technologies, the company is able to offer enhanced capabilities while maintaining the look, feel and operational reliability that global operators are accustomed to. As a reliable provider of tactical data solutions, Leonardo DRS has established itself to deliver state-of-the-art technology that meets customer requirements and maintains their products for decades after delivery.
The common features of Leonardo DRS in hardware and software ensure interoperability between nations during secure long-distance SATCOM, as well as HF / UHF encrypted communications during operations rejected by SATCOM. With additional, advanced RF waveforms, this solution can expand the capabilities of Link-22.
1U SPC is housed in a 1U chassis supporting 2 or 4 channels of Link 22 (SPC) signal controller, which can be configured as tactical data communication 22 for fixed frequency UF, UHF fixed frequency and UHF electronic protection measures (EPM)) media.