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Tactical Communications Group (TCG) has been awarded a contract to supply its ground tactical data link systems (GTS) hardware and software components to the UAE armed forces.

Representing the first direct commercial sale between the UAE armed forces and the company, the contract also covers the provision of engineering and operational TDL services, and training and system maintenance.

TCG president and chief executive officer Michael Hiney said: "We are looking forward to supporting our Emirati allies as they employ their TDL-equipped capabilities and platforms."

TCG Operations vice-president Kevin Mawn added: "This order is a significant step forward for TCG’s growing worldwide presence, especially within the Arab states of the Gulf."

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.

"The contract represents the first direct commercial sale between the UAE armed forces and the company."

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.

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The system is also expected to offer a ‘multi-MIDS’ capability that would enable the UAE military to deploy centralised and overlapping Link 16 coverage across a wide area of responsibility.

In addition, the system’s joint range extension applications protocol (JREAP) provides the user with an additional ability to extend the coverage and share TDL information.

Additional contract details, including the value and delivery schedule remain undisclosed.

Defence Technology