Tactical Data Link (TDL) Training Courses

 

Our scheduled courses are held in high quality, convenient and accessible venues. Training courses include detailed course manuals and a CD of all of the presentation materials. In addition, the detailed manuals are available to purchase separately – contact us for further information.
 
Our courses are provided at three levels:
 
  • Basic - designed to give the student with little or no experience an overview of current systems.
 
  • Foundation - provides a working level knowledge of the specific TDL. Students receive both technical and operational information.  Suitable for those who have attended the basic level instruction or already have a similar knowledge level.
 
  • Advanced - detailed information of a specific area of the subject TDL. It is strongly recommended that students have either attended the appropriate foundation level course, or have a similar level of operational / technical experience.
 
Our TDL training courses are listed below (please click on the course name below for more information).
 
  • » Introduction to TDLs (Basic)

     
    A one or two day course delivered on request.  The course gives the student an overview of many of the current Tactical Data Links (TDLs) in use today. These include Link 1, Link 11, Multifunctional Distribution System (MIDS) Link 16, Link 22 and Variable Message Format (VMF) as well as many other TDL and Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) links.  The optional second day gives an insight into planned improvements to existing TDLs, plus a look at future developments and projects.  A copy of our full 'Introduction to TDLs' manual accompanies the course.
     
    We offer 5% discount for military ID card holders.
     
    For prices and further details please contact training@synthesys.co.uk.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Course Overview

     

    Introduction to Tactical Data Links (TDLs)

     

    Duration – 1-2 days (second day optional)

     

    Day 1

     

    Lesson 1 - Introduction to TDLs

     

    • How TDLs have developed and evolved
    • How they contributed as a key enabler within Battlespace Management
    • Description of the main TDL protocols and their importance
    • Overview of TDL documentation and Functional Areas

     

    Lesson 2 - Link 1

     

    • Capability
    • Message type
    • Documents
    • Operational use including Area of Operational Interest (AOI), Track Continuity Area (TCA) and filtering
    • Introduction to OPTASK Link signal format

     

    Lesson 3 - Link 11

     

    • Purpose of Link 11, its capabilities and characteristics
    • Insight into Link 11 users
    • Explanation of Data Link Reference Point (DLRP) and System Coordinate Centre (SCC)
    • Overview of Link 11 messages and their use
    • Link 11A characteristics, system, functions, roles and required operational parameters
    • Link 11B characteristics, system, functions, roles and required operational parameters

     

    Lesson 4 - MIDS Link 16

     

    • Basic overview of MIDS Link 16 functions, roles, messages, operational use and required parameters to establish and maintain a MIDS Link 16 network
    • Focus on Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA), Frequency Clearance, frequency use, net use and relay
    • Overview of MIDS terminals and their safety features

     

    Lesson 5 - Link 22

     

    • Introduction and history of Link 22
    • Basic overview of Link 22 system, functions, roles, messages, operational use and required parameters to establish and maintain a Link 22 network

     

    Lesson 6 - Other TDLs and Systems

     

    • Insight into other data links and software / systems that support TDLs
    • Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), such as: Satellite-J, Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS), Situational Awareness Data Link (SADL), and 5th generation data links such as Intra-Flight Data Link (IFDL) and Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL)
    • Common Data Link (CDL), Automatic Identification System (AIS), Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS), Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B), and NATO Ship-Shore-Ship Buffer (SSSB)

     

    Lesson 7 - Variable Message Format (VMF)

     

    • History of VMF and its requirement
    • Basic overview of VMF functions, roles, messages, documents, operational users and main areas of use for VMF
    • Insight into VMF Header, Messages, and Bearer

     

    Lesson 8 - Joint Range Extension Application Protocol (JREAP)

     

    • Basic introduction to JREAP, definitions and history
    • JREAP structure, functions, capabilities and roles
    • X-Series messages and basic overview of MIL-STD-3011 Appendices A, B and C

     

    Lesson 9 - Current and Future Projects

     

    • Overview of the benefits and capabilities of MIDS improvements within Block 2 Upgrade (BU) 2 and Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) with particular focus on MIDS-JTRS
    • Insight into planned MIDS enhancements such as Concurrent Multi-Netting (CMN) and Concurrent Contention Receive (CCR)
    • Discussion and investigation into new areas of development that could support data links: Battlefield Awareness and Targeting System - Dismounted (BATS-D) Handheld Link 16 Radio, Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL), Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC), Cursor on Target (CoT), Universal Core, Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT), and Talon HATE

     

    Day 2 (Optional)

     

    Lesson 10 - Introduction to Data Link Training Suite (DLTS) 11

     

    • Detailed guided practical introduction DLTS 11 software
    • Instructor guided setup of a simulated Link 11 network in accordance with defined Link 11 parameters from example OPTASK Link Segment 5.1
    • Practical session utilised to reinforce previous Link 11 learning outcomes

     

    Lesson 11 - Introduction to Link 16

     

    • Detailed guided practical introduction DLTS 16 software
    • Instructor guided setup of a simulated Link 16 network in accordance with defined Link 16 parameters from example OPTASK Link Segment 8.1
    • Practical session utilised to reinforce previous MIDS learning outcomes

     

    Lesson 12 - Introduction to Joint Range Extension (JRE)

     

    • Detailed guided practical introduction to Engility JRE software
    • Instructor guided setup of a simulated JRE Transmission Control Protocol - Internet Protocol (TCP-IP) link in accordance with defined JRE parameters from the instructor

     

    Lesson 13 - As Required

     

    Period of time for either discussion or an opportunity for questions and answers

     

  • » Link 11 (Foundation)

     

    We are able to offer on request a one day course on this still widely used Tactical Data Link (TDL).  The course covers all Link 11 equipment and systems, network duties and operations, and the M-Series message catalogue.  Detailed message transactions can be demonstrated using the DIGINEXT TACTX simulator.

     

    We offer 5% discount for military ID card holders
     
    For prices and further details please contact training@synthesys.co.uk.
     

     

    Course Overview

     

    Link 11 (Foundation)

     

    Duration – 1 day

     

    Lesson 1 – Introduction to Link 11

     

    • Purpose of Link 11, its capabilities and characteristics
    • Insight into Link 11 users
    • Explanation of Data Link Reference Point (DLRP) and System Coordinate Centre (SCC)
    • Detailed instruction of Link 11 messages and their use
    • Overview of Link 11 documentation

     

    Lesson 2 – Systems

     

    • Tactical Data System (TDS) and its function
    • KG-40 encryption device
    • Data Terminal Set (DTS) and its function, including station and network modes
    • Single tone Link 11 Waveform (SLEW) and Conventional Link 11 Waveform (CLEW)
    • Overview of Role Call and how it is performed
    • Net Cycle Time (NCT) length and impact upon operations

     

    Lesson 3 – Planning

     

    • Overview of the inputs to the planning process
    • Allocation of track blocks
    • Participating Unit (PU) address
    • Link 11 Duties
    • Roles of Force Track Coordinator (FTC) and Data Net Control Station (DNCS)
    • Demonstration and guided practical of OPTASK Link 11 Segment 5.1

     

    Lesson 4 – Operations

     

    • Overview of how to establish a Link 11 network
    • Gridlock
    • Correlation
    • Track Quality (TQ)
    • Reporting Responsibility (R2)
    • Filters

     

    • Lesson 5 – Network Management
    •  
    • Detailed insight into the role of Force Track Correlator (FTC) and, in particular, FTC-Air
    • FTC-Air responsibilities during Link 11 operations
    • Key responsibilities of the Network Control Station (NCS)
    • Guided examples of employing Link 11 management

     

    Lesson 6 – Link 11B

    •  
    • Characteristics, system, functions, roles and required operational parameters
    • Detailed instructions on the four stages of Link 11B initialisation
    • Demonstration and guided practical of OPTASK Link 11 Segment 6.1

     

    Lesson 7 – Introduction to (Data Link Training Suite) DLTS 11

     

    • Detailed guided practical introduction to DLTS 11 software
    • Instructor-guided setup of a simulated Link 11 network in accordance with defined Link 11 parameters from example OPTASK Link Segment 5.1

     

  • » Link 22 (Foundation)

     

    This emerging Tactical Data Link (TDL) is seen as the replacement for Link 11 throughout NATO. The first implementation commenced in 2007.  The course, which is based on STANAG 5522 and ADatP-33, gives the student a sound theoretical knowledge of all aspects of Link 22 Operations.

     

    The areas covered by the course include system architecture, network structures and an in depth look at the message catalogue and the capabilities provided by those messages.  Detailed message transactions can be demonstrated using the DIGINEXT TACTX simulator.
     
    This 2 day course is scheduled to take place at various times throughout the year.  Please see our  course schedule for planned dates.
     
    All students will receive a copy of our Link 22 manual plus a CD containing the course presentations.
     
    All our scheduled courses can also be given at a time or venue to suit you. The content can also be varied, or the course length altered, to suit your specific needs. Contact us with your requirements, and we'll provide the solution.
     
    We offer a 5% discount for military ID card holders.
     
    For prices and further details please contact training@synthesys.co.uk.
     

     

    Course Overview

     

    Link 22 (Foundation)

     

    Duration – 2 days

     

    Day 1

     

    • Introduction to Link 22
    • NATO Improved Link Eleven (NILE) Communications Equipment (hardware), to include:
      -  System Network Controller
      -  Link level Communications Security (COMSEC)
      -  Signal Processing Controller
      -  Radios and Time of Day input
    • Link 22 Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA)
    • Link 22 Networks, to include:
      -  Super Networks
      -  NILE Networks
    • Link 22 Messages
    • Minimum Implementation (Minimp) and Functional Areas

     

    Day 2

     

    • Review of Day 1 Lessons
    • Planning, to include:
      -  Assignment and Mini-Slot capacity calculus
      -  Operational Net Cycle Structure (ONCS) calculus
    • OPTASK Link 22 segment
    • Operations, to include:
      -  System initialisation
      -  Network initialisation - Short and Probing
      -  Late Network Entry
      -  Leaving a Network and Shutdown
    • Track Exchange
    • Network Management (NM), to include:
      -  Super Network Management
      -  NILE Network Management
      -  NILE Unit Management
    • Data Forwarding (D/F)
    • Fault Management

     

  • » Variable Message Format (VMF) (Foundation)

     

    Currently used mainly by the US, this TDL is emerging as the fastest growing system in today’s modern armed forces.

     

    The course familiarises the delegate with all aspects of current VMF operations. Our highly knowledgeable instructors have based this course around the latest versions of US MIL-STD-188-220, MIL-STD-2045-47001 and MIL-STD-6017 (differences between the different versions will be discussed during the course).  The transmission protocols are considered in detail, as are the message headers, structure, and use of the K-Series VMF messages.  Considerations of interoperability are an important feature.

     

    Students receive a copy of our VMF manual plus a CD containing the course presentations.
     
    This is a 2½ day course held at various times throughout the year. Please see our course schedule for planned dates.
     
    All our scheduled courses can also be given at a time or venue to suit you. The content can also be varied, or the course length altered, to suit your specific needs. Contact us with your requirements, and we'll provide the solution.
     
    We offer 5% discount for military ID card holders.
     
    For prices and further details please contact training@synthesys.co.uk.
     

     

    Course Overview

     

    Variable Message Format (VMF) (Foundation)

     

    Duration - 2½ days

     

    Lesson 1 – Introduction

     

    A Short History of VMF

    System Overview

    Documents

    Current and Planned Users

     

    Lesson 2 – Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) 7 Layer Model

     

    7 Layer Model Composition

    Data Frame Compilation

    Ethernet Principles

    System Performance

     

    Lesson 3 – MIL-STD-188-220 Frames

     

    Frame Content

    Types of Frame

    Frame Elements

     

    Lesson 4 – Types of Service

     

    Types of Service Description

    Data Link Acknowledgements

    Duplicate Detection

    Window Method

    Station Classes

     

    Lesson 5 – Network Access Control

     

    Network Access Delay (NAD)

    Probabilistic & Deterministic NAD

    NAD Types

    Frequency of Access Ranking

     

    Lesson 6 – Net Joining Procedures

     

    Exchange Network Parameters (XNP)

    XNP Messages

    Network Controller

    Static & Dynamic Stations

     

    Lesson 7 – Message & Header Syntax

     

    Message Numbering

    Cases & Conditions

    Data Field Classification

    Presence & Recurrence Indicators

     

    Lesson 8 – Application Header (MIL-STD-2045-47001)

     

    Application Header Fields

    Future Use Groups

    Receipt / Compliance

    Segmentation Reassembly

    Interoperability

     

    Lesson 9 – Functional Area Designators (FADs) & K-Series Messages

     

    Functional Area Designators

    VMF K-Series Messages

    Message Use Scenario

     

    Lesson 10 – Unit & Entity Reporting

     

    Unit Reference Number (URN)

    Unit Name (UN)

    URN Look-Up Table

    Entity Identity Serial Number (EISN)

    Entity Identity Reference Number (EIRN)

     

    Lesson 11 – Radios & Modems

     

    VMF Capable Radios & Modems

    Compliance

     

    Lesson 12 – Inter / Intranet Protocols

     

    Internet Protocol (IP)

    IP & ip Addresses

    Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)

    User Data Protocol (UDP)

    N-Layer Pass-Through

    Topology Update

    Intranet Relay

     

    Lesson 13 – Data Forwarding

     

    Message Translation

    Forwarding – TDL Differences

    Gateways

     

    Lesson 14 – Network Management (NM)

     

    NM Responsibility

    Initialisation Data

    VMF NM

    Management & Test Tools

     

    Lesson 15 – Interoperability (IO)

     

    Interoperability Issues

    DSPICS

    Possible Solutions

     

    Lesson 16 – XML-VMF

     

    XML Usage

    XML Schemas

     

    Lesson 17 – Close Air Support

     

    CAS Definition

    Message Implementation

    CAS Procedures

     

  • » MIDS Link 16 (Foundation)

     

    This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Link 16.  The course references both Allied Tactical Data Link Publications (ATDLPs) and United States (US) Military Standards (MIL-STDs) documentation.
     
    The course is primarily aimed at those personnel who require a balanced understanding of MIDS Link 16.  As such, the syllabus has been designed to cover both technical and operational employment of MIDS Link 16.
     
    All students receive a copy of our MIDS Link 16 manual plus a CD containing the course presentations.
     
    This is a 2½ day course held at various times throughout the year.  Please see our course schedule for planned dates.
     
    All our scheduled courses can also be given at a time or venue to suit you.  The content can also be varied, or the course length altered, to suit your specific needs. Contact us with your requirements, and we'll provide the solution.
     
    We offer 5% discount for military ID card holders.
     
    For prices and further details please contact training@synthesys.co.uk.
     

     

    Course Overview

     

    MIDS Link 16 (Foundation)

     

    Duration - 2½ days

     

    Day 1

     

    Introduction to MIDS Link 16

    MIDS Architecture

    Time Slot Structure and Packing

    Access Modes

    MIDS Nets and Networks

    J-Series Messages and Network Participation Group (NPGs)

     

    Day 2

     

    Interoperability

    Signal Processing

    Communications Security (COMSEC)

    MIDS Terminal and Interference Protection Feature (IPF)

    Frequency Clearance Agreement (FCA)

    Operational Tasking (OPTASK) Link 16

    MIDS Initialisation

     

    Day 3

     

    MIDS Synchronisation

    Surveillance and weapons operations

    Introduction to Data Link Training Suite (DLTS) 16 (optional addition)

     

  • » Combat Net Radio (CNR) Bearer (MIL-STD-188-220) (Advanced)

     

    Commonly used for Variable Message Format (VMF) systems, Combat Net Radio (CNR) protocols are widely utilised by US and NATO forces.

     

    The MIL-STD-188-220 training course is a natural progression from our VMF course for those who already have a good overall understanding of VMF systems, but wish to expand their knowledge in this challenging area.  The course is ideally suited for anyone involved in the implementation, integration or operational use of CNR systems.

     

    Based on MIL-STD-188-220D Change 1, the course covers in detail all areas of the bearer protocols and introduces the associated MIL-STDs to ensure a complete understanding of the overall system.

     
    We offer 5% discount for military ID card holders.
     

    For prices and further details please contact training@synthesys.co.uk.

     

     

    Course Overview

     

    Combat Net Radio Bearer (MIL-STD-188-220)

     

    Duration – 2 days

     

    Lesson 1 – Introduction

     

    MIL-STD-188-220D Change 1

    CNR Definition

    CNR/VMF Association

    CNR Basic Principles

    Data Frame

    Network Access

    Types of Service

     

    Lesson 2 – OSI 7 Layer Model

     

    Introduction/ISO Standards

    7 Layer Model as used for CNR (each of the layers utilised by CNR will be explained in detail)

    Data Frame Compilation

     

    Lesson 3 – Physical Layer

     

    Communications Security (COMSEC)

    Transmission Modes

    Transmission Frame

    Primitives

    Modulation

    Physical Layer Concatenation

     

    Lesson 4 – Data Link Layer

     

    Transmission Header

    Header Format

     

    Frames

     

    U, I and S Protocol Data Units (PDUs)

    Addressing

    Control Field

    PDU Construction

    Data Link Concatenation

    Primitives

     

    Types of Service (TOS)

     

    TOS 1-4

    Flow Control

    Duplicate Frame Detection

    Station Class

    TOS Determination

    Quiet Mode

     

    Network Access Delay (NAD)

     

    F Variable

    Network Access Control Requirements

    P-NAD

    H-NAD

    RE-NAD

    R-NAD

    DAP-NAD

    DAV-NAD

    FOAR

    Initial Condition State

     

    Timing & Associated Parameters

     

    Explanation of timing parameters

     

    Exchange Network Parameters (XNP)

     

    Network Control Station

    Dynamic and Static Stations

    XNP Messages

     

    Lesson 5 – Network Layer

     

    Intranet Header

    ip Fragmentation

    Address Resolution Protocol

    Neighbour Discovery

    Intranet Relay

    Source Directed Relay

    Topology Update

    Routing Trees

    Primitives

    Internet Protocol

    SubNetwork Dependent Convergence Function (SNDCF)

     

    Lesson 6 – Transport Layer

     

    Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)

    User Datagram Protocol (UDP)

    Segmentation Reassembly

    Basic and Enhanced

     

    Lesson 7 – Hardware

     

    Radios and Modems

     

  • » Joint Range Extension (Application Protocol) (JRE/AP) (Foundation)

     

    This new, one day course covers both the Joint Range Extension (JRE) Processor Hardware and the Application Protocol as defined in MIL-STD-3011. The course explains the benefits of the JRE Application Protocol (AP) and also provides the technical detail of how the system works.

     

    Our training staff have been accredited by Engility (formerly L-3 Communications), the builders of JRE, to provide training for both JRE and JREAP.  We are pleased to be the only company to have been awarded this accreditation, which ensures that Customers receive the most up to date and correct information.
     
    The course may be taken as a stand-alone one day training event, or may form part of a larger training programme.
     
    We offer 5% discount for military ID card holders.
     
    These courses can be presented at any location to suit you.  Please contact training@synthesys.co.uk or call +44 (0)1947 821464 for prices any further information.
     

     

    Course Overview

     

    Joint Range Extension(Application Protocol) (JRE(AP))

     

    Duration – 1 day

     

    Lesson 1 – JRE Introduction

     

    • Basic introduction to JREAP, definitions and history
    • JREAP functions, capabilities and roles
    • Overview of establishing Common Time Reference (CTR), J-Series message extrapolation and intrusion detection features

     

    Lesson 2 – Full Stack and Application Layer

     

    • Introduction and overview of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) mFull Stack and Application Layer
    • Detailed lesson on both Full Stack and Application Layer stream
    • Detailed interpretation to bit level purpose of; Transmission Block Header (TBH), Message Group Header (MGH) and Application Header

     

    Lesson 3 – JREAP Messages

     

    • Detailed lesson on X-Series messages in use by JREAP
    • Full Stack and Application message structure with focus on X1.0 and X1.1
    • Further detail on Management Messages and Sub Header
    • Overview of Minimum Implementation in accordance with MIL-STD-3011, Link monitoring and Receipt Compliance procedures

     

    Lesson 4 - Overview of MIL-STD-3011 Appendices A, B and C

     

    • Appendix A - Half Duplex Announced Token Passing Protocol
    • Appendix B - Full Duplex Synchronous / Asynchronous Point-to-Point Connection
    • Appendix C - Encapsulation Over Internet Protocol (IP)

     

    Lesson 5 - OPTASK Link JRE

     

    • Demonstration and guided practical of Operational Tasking (OPTASK) Link JRE Segment 11.1

     

    Lesson 6 - JREAP Practical

     

    • Detailed guided practical introduction to Engility JRE software
    • Instructor guided setup of a simulated JRE TCP-IP link in accordance with defined JRE parameters from the instructor
    • Instructor guided setup of a simulated JRE UDP-IP Unicast and / or Multicast  link in accordance with defined JRE parameters from the instructor
    • If time allows, guided setup of a DLTS JREAP-A network connection to an Engility JRE JREAP-C TCP / UDP network

     

  • » MIDS Link 16 Network Design and Management (Advanced)

     

    This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Link 16 Network Design and Management.  Particular emphasis is placed on practical training, with students utilising both simulation and operational software applications.

     

    This course is primarily aimed at those personnel who have either attended the SyntheSys 'MIDS Link 16' training course or who have a thorough understanding of MIDS Link 16.  Students who wish to learn the more complex and advanced areas of MIDS Network Design (ND) are encouraged to undertake our 8-day Advanced Network Design training course.

     
    All our scheduled courses can also be given at a time or venue to suit you. The content can also be varied, or the course length altered, to suit your specific needs. Contact us with your requirements, and we'll provide the solution.
     
    We offer 5% discount for military ID card holders.
     
    For prices and further details please contact training@synthesys.co.uk.
     

     

    Course Overview

     

    MIDS Link 16 Network Design and Management (Advanced)

     

    Duration – 4 days

     

    This course is aimed at personnel with existing MIDS Link 16 experience.  Therefore no time is allocated for explanations of basic MIDS Link 16 principles.  However, any questions relating to basic functions will be fielded by the instructor.

     

    The course has the option of dynamic Network Management demonstrations using the Thales NMS. Please contact us for details.

     

    Day 1

     

    • MIDS Review
    • Link 16 Planning
    • Network Design Request (NDR)
    • Network Design Facility (NDF) and ND tools.

     

    Day 2

     

    • 11 Steps of ND - 1
    • 11 Steps of ND - 2, 3 and 4
    • 11 Steps of ND - 5 and 6

     

    Day 3

     

    • 11 Steps of ND - 7
    • 11 Steps of ND - 8
    • 11 Steps of ND - 9 and 10
    • 11 Steps of ND -11

     

    Day 4

     

    • MIDS Signals
    • MIDS Initialisation
    • Network Management
    • Network Analysis
    • Data Link Training Suite (DLTS) 16

     

  • » Data Link Manager (DLM) / Interface Control Officer (ICO) (Advanced)

     
    This 15 day course has been developed to provide a full and thorough training package for all personnel who require an in depth knowledge and understanding of Multi-TDL operations.
     
    The subject matter provides the required core competencies and may also be supplemented with other optional modules.  To ensure commonality of training, we recommend that the syllabus below is utilised. However, should any alterations be required these can be arranged.
     
    All course modules have clearly defined Training Objectives (TOs).  Instructors ensure that these TOs have been understood by all participants.  Students participate in practical exercises, generally in pairs, throughout the training, both to reinforce their learning, and also to act as a check of understanding.  The training places an emphasis on discussion and cooperative learning and actively encourages participation by all.  Formal evaluation is not included, unless requested.

     

    Where appropriate, lessons are supported by the use of simulations and operational systems, further detailed in the syllabus. These include:

     

    DIGINEXT Multi Link Simulation System (TACTX);

    Data Link Training Suite (DLTS) for Link 11, 16 and Multi-Link;

    Tactical Network Design Station (TNDS);

    Thales Network Management System (NMS);

    Joint Range Extension (JRE).

     

    Students receive copies of the training material in both hand-out and electronic form.  Each student also receives a copy of the MIDS Link 16, and the MIDS Link 16 Network Design and Management training manual.

     

    The syllabus below gives a brief overview of the subject matter.  Further details and information regarding the TOs can be provided on request.
     
    As with all our, this course has been accredited to ISO 9001, which ensures that you receive properly quality controlled material.
     
    We offer 5% discount for military ID card holders.
     
    Telephone us on +44 (0)1947 821464 or contact us for further information.
     

     

    Course Overview

     

    Data Link Manager (DLM) / Interface Control Officer

     

    Duration – 15 days

     

     

    DAY 1

     

    • Introduction to TDLs
    • Link 1
    • Introduction to Link 11
    • Link 11A and Link 11B
    • Introduction to Data Link Training Suite (DLTS) 11

     

    DAYS 2

     

    • DLTS 11 Exercise
    • Introduction to Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Link 16
    • MIDS Architecture
    • Time Slot (TS) Structure and Packing
    • Access Modes
    • Nets and Networks
    • J-Series Messages and Network Participation Groups

     

    DAY 3

     

    • Relay
    • Interoperability
    • Building NPGs 7 and 29
    • Communications Security (COMSEC)
    • Terminals and Interference Protection Feature (IPF)
    • Frequency Clearance Agreement
    • Operational Tasking (OPTASK) Link 16

     

    DAY 4

     

    • MIDS Initialisation
    • Synchronisation
    • Introduction to DLTS 16
    • Introduction to Link 22
    • Link 22
    • OPTASK Link 22

     

    DAY 5

     

    • Introduction to Variable Message Format (VMF)
    • OPTASK Link Combat Net Radio (CNR)
    • Other TDLs and Systems

     

    DAY 6

     

    • Introduction to Joint Range Extension Application Protocol (JREAP)
    • OPTASK Link Joint Range Extension (JRE)
    • JRE Exercise
    • Multi-TDL Planning
    • Data Forwarding (D/F)

     

    DAY 7

     

    • Link 11 Management
    • Brevity Codewords
    • Planning Exercise 1
    • Planning Exercise 1 Execution

     

    DAY 8

     

    • Planning Exercise 2
    • Planning Exercise 3

     

    DAY 9

     

    • Planning Exercise 3
    • Planning Exercise Final

     

    DAY 10

     

    • Planning Exercise Final

     

    DAY 11

     

    • 11 Stages Network Design (ND)
    • International Network Design Exchange (INDE) Files
    • MIDS Coordination Message (JCM) and MIDS Activity Report (JAR)

     

    DAY 12

     

    • Planning Exercise Final - Signals
    • Link 16 and 22 Network Management
    • Planning Exercise 2 Execution

     

    DAY 13

     

    • Planning Exercise 3 Execution
    • Planning Exercise Final A Execution

     

    DAY 14

     

    • Planning Exercise Final B Execution
    • Planning Exercise Final C Execution

     

    DAY 15

     

    • Recording and Analysis
    • Current and Future Projects
    • Course Feedback

     

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    This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) advanced Link 16 network design.  The course references both Allied Tactical Data Link Publications (ATDLPs) and United States (US) Military Standards (MIL-STDs) documentation.  The course is predominantly focussed on practical exercises that develop the student's understanding of advanced network design in a progressive manner.  As such, eachexercise builds on theory content and is subsequently more complex demanding.
     
    All our scheduled courses can also be given at a time or venue to suit you. The content can also be varied, or the course length altered, to suit your specific needs. Contact us with your requirements, and we'll provide the solution.
     
    We offer 5% discount for military ID card holders.
     
    For prices and further details please contact training@synthesys.co.uk.
     

     

    Course Overview

     

    MIDS Link 16 Network Design and Management (Advanced)

     

    Duration – 8 days

     

    Day 1

     

    • 11 steps of Network Design (ND)
    • Introduction to the planning process
    • Introduction to Tactical Network Design Station (TNDS)
    • Platform and PGC creation
    • Network 1 Exercise 1
    • Network displays
    • Network 2 Exercise 1

     

    Day 2

     

    • Building Network Participation Groups (NPGs) 2, 3, and 4, and Receipt Compliance
    • Building NPGs 5 and 6
    • Network 3 Exercise 1
    • Network 4 Exercise 1

     

    Day 3

     

    • Building NPG 7 and Time Slot Reallocation (TSR)
    • Building NPGs 8 and 9, UP Link and BACK Link
    • Network 3 Exercise 2
    • Network 4 Exercise 2

     

    Day 4

     

    • Building NPGs 10 and 11
    • Building Voice and NPGs 19 and 20
    • Network 3 Exercise 3
    • Network 4 Exercise 3

     

    Day 5

     

    • Building NPGs 21, 29, 30, and 31
    • Network 3 Exercise 4
    • Network 4 Exercise 4
    • Relay, Common and Partitioned Variable Modes

     

    Day 6

     

    • Network 3 Exercise 5
    • Network 4 Exercise 5
    • Multi-Netting
    • Network 4 Exercise 6

     

    Day 7

     

    • NETMAN T1 and International Network Design Exchange (INDE)
    • INDE Exercise
    • Surveillance Options
    • Surveillance Options Exercises
    • Creating Load Files
    • Load Files Exercise
    • Network description Document (NDD)
    • NDD Exercise

     

    Day 8

     

    • Final Network Design Exercise
    • Review Final Network Design Exercise

     

Tactical Data Link (TDL) Related Training Courses

 

We also offer a range of TDL-related training courses.  These one-day courses, offered on request, provide the delegate with TDL related information which allow them to fully appreciate the complexities of the subject matter.  Courses are held at any venue to suit you.  As always, the information is presented by an instructor highly experienced in the subject material.

 

Our TDL-related training courses are listed below (please click on the course name below for more information).