Training Day Option 3

Emulating a Link 16 Network for testing and training

Delivered by TCG

Trainer: Brian Bass

The rapid proliferation of Link 16 across platforms, services and nations has produced a growing need for reliable testing and integration tools to guarantee platforms function as designed and within specifications. This session will explain and demonstrate low-cost network and Link 16 terminal emulation techniques that allow full platform implementation testing before expensive live-fly testing begins. This offers the most effective method to identify and fix implementation issues at the earliest possible moment.

The emulation and simulation tools available also provide an effective tactical data link training capability for operational units. The second portion of the session will explain and demonstrate the use of these tools in developing scripted and dynamic scenarios for warfighter training. This emulation can be used in an entirely virtual environment and in a “sim over live” environment.

This training will be open to all attendees of IDLS.


Interview with TCG

  1. In one sentence, summarise what your course will bring to the IDLS2019 delegates
  2. Using a simulator to build robust Link 16 simulations for testing and training.

  3. What skills will attendees develop in your course/Masterclass?
  4. Attendees will learn how to script realistic scenarios that can be used in testing events or training.

  5. Is there any specific knowledge or experience that you feel attendees to your course would need prior to attending?

  6. Attendees should have a basic knowledge of Link 16 (NPGs, message types, TDMA). However even attendees just learning about Link 16 will benefit.

  7. What is one key mistake that you see people making, that your course will help them prevent in the future?
  8. I’ve seen people think they need to purchase multiple radios and systems to work on message exchange. I’ve also seen people think they need to have a large force exercise in order to practice weapons employment. They really just need to use an effective simulator and they can use in a live or sim environment.

Gold Packages


Viasat - Gold Exhibitor

Silver+ Packages


SAIC - Silver Tactical Communications Group - Silver Plus

Silver Packages


Ultra Electronics - Silver Data Links Solutions Logo - Silver General Dynamics/Hensoldt General Dynamics/Hensoldt Thales- Silver