The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) has taken delivery of a full, national Link 16 infrastructure and new network management system (NMS) from Thales UK.
The systems were delivered as part of a contract signed with the FMV in September 2009, to help enhance the data exchange capabilities of the Swedish Armed Forces.
According to the company, the newly delivered system will facilitate secure exchange of tactical data between the country's Link 16 equipped platforms and national command and control system, in addition to offering support for monitoring frequency clearance agreements and management of the Link 16 network.
The coordinated data sharing between Link 16 equipped tactical units, such as fighter jets, with ground reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft, will provide the armed forces with a readily available and combined picture of the operational environment during combat.
Featuring a data link interface processor (DLIP) with joint range extension (JRE) and multifunctional information distribution system (MIDS) capabilities, the NMS optimises the data link environment to help Swedish, Nato and coalition forces train on the battlefield.
The DLIP offers a significantly enhanced command and control capability by efficiently integrating with the current Stric command and control system.
NMS Manager initialises, monitors and simulates network assignments in real-time, which provides the soldiers with an adaptable Link 16 network capacity to achieve training and mission objectives.
Other users of the NMS system include the US, Australia, Canada, Denmark, and other European nations.
The Link 16 is the secure, jam-resistant Nato standard tactical datalink, which is installed on an increasing number of platforms to support coalition operations.
Image: Swedish Link 16 enabled platforms enable secure information exchange. Photo: courtesy of Thales Group.