TCG to supply ground tactical data link systems to multiple air forces

13 October 2013 (Last Updated October 13th, 2013 18:30)

Tactical Communications Group (TCG) has been awarded a contract for the supply of its multi-TDL ground tactical data link systems (GTS) to multiple air forces.

Tactical Communications Group (TCG) has been awarded a contract for the supply of its multi-TDL ground tactical data link systems (GTS) to multiple air forces.

According to the unspecified contract, the company will supply three of its GTS systems to the Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF), the 148th Fighter Wing (FW) Duluth Air National Guard (ANG) and the 35th FW stationed at Misawa, Japan.

Additionally, the company will deliver installation, checkout and training to personnel from each unit to ensure immediate use and maximum benefit from the system.

TCG Worldwide Field Operations vice-president Nick Kropp said the contract provides the company with an opportunity to guarantee the ground stations continues to meet the broad spectrum of TDL capabilities required by the customers.

"The company will deliver installation, checkout and training to personnel from each unit to ensure immediate use and maximum benefit from the system."

"These systems will be employed to conduct a wide array of applications, including daily operations, tactical exercises, testing, and live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training,'' Kropp said.

TCG president and CEO Michael Hiney said, "We have worked very hard over the last 8 years to take the lessons learned from our GTS operators and work them back into the product to improve its ease of use and overall TDL operational capability."

The GTS is a transportable tactical training and simulation system, designed to create live operational Link 11, Link 16, situational awareness data link (SADL) and tactical targeting network technology (TTNT) networks from the ground to prepare military air operations/flight squadrons for real-time combat missions.

Built upon TCG's battlefield operations support system (BOSS), the system can generate and edit training scenarios while receiving live data link traffic from the network, and will offer a quick recording analysis tool to support live air-to-air combat training, thereby improving live ops and de-brief mission analysis.

The contract's delivery schedule has not been disclosed by the company.

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