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Leonardo DRS Tests Link-22 SPC

Compatibility with NILE Network Facilitates Global Operation

Leonardo DRS has successfully completed interoperability testing of its Link-22 signal processing controller (SPC) within the NATO Improved Link Eleven (NILE) Link-22 network, the company announced on 19 August.

Compliance now allows Leonardo DRS to provide full interoperability with all NATO and allied partners supporting operations and exercises in the INDOPACOM theatre and beyond. The company worked closely with the NILE team to successfully complete all cycles and illustrated that its SPCs are compliant with Link-22 Block Cycle 9 specifications for current and emerging mission requirements for global users.

Link-22 tactical datalinks are used by the US and allied military forces to increase joint and coalition communications in the surface, sub-surface, land, and air domains, by providing unprecedented situational awareness across the battle space.  It is the primary means to exchange data, including radar tracking information beyond line of sight (BLOS).

These systems are positioned for current and emerging mission requirements and the signal processor controllers ensure US and allied forces have the best long-haul communications and situational awareness possible,” commented Larry Ezell, SVP/GM of the Leonardo DRS Airborne and Intelligence Systems business

With over 40 years of tactical datalink experience, 1,100 Link-22-capable SPCs and more than 3,000 Link-11 Data Terminal Sets delivered, deployed, and on order, military services around the globe depend on Leonardo DRS for BLOS communications, guaranteeing interoperability across domains, platforms, and nations.  The company continues to invest in Link-22 technology, giving users high performance for today’s battlefield while offering capability and growth for future mission sets.

The SPC solution is well-positioned for current missions and is primed to accept additional missions due to its abundance of spare memory and additional processing power. Using next-generation hardware and software architecture, coupled with software-defined radio and software-defined modem technologies, the company is able to offer enhanced capabilities while retaining the look, feel, and operational reliability to which operators have grown accustomed.

Leonardo DRS SPCs ensure seamless and reliable data communications in increasingly complex operational environments. (Image: Leonardo DRS)

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