Tactical Communications Group (TCG) has supplied data link hardware and software components to the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) to help support data link operational and training needs for Link 16 interoperability with national and coalition forces.

The ground support system (GSS) was delivered as part of a contract received in October 2014 along with four distributed remote tactical display workstations. These will provide RAFO with tactical situation awareness, target, track, point, friendly participating unit emulation and message-generation on a Link 16 network.

The foreign military sales contract was awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. It covers engineering and operational tactical data link services, and system maintenance, as well as operational support for Oman’s F-16 fleet.

"The deployment of the GSS facilitates Link 16 integration by supporting the test, training, and tactics development for and by the pilots and ground crews of the RAFO."

TCG Engineering vice-president Frank Newark said: "The deployment of the GSS facilitates Link 16 integration by supporting the test, training, and tactics development for and by the pilots and ground crews of the RAFO.


"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.

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"The GSS includes tactical workstations that support ground-based testing and training, live operations, operational environment development, operational data recording, and post-operation ground-based playback and mission analysis."

A sophisticated tactical display, MIL-STD-compliant message processor, and an intuitive training and test capability all feature of the GSS. In addition, the system 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 system is based on the company’s ground tactical data link system (GTS). The GTS is a transportable tactical training and simulation system, designed to create live operational Link 11, Link 16, situational awareness data link and tactical targeting network technology networks from the ground to prepare military air operations / flight squadrons for real-time combat missions.