The Royal Air Force (RAF) has selected Collins Aerospace Systems’ FasTAK Gateway to advance its tactical data link capabilities on the ground as part of its Air Support Operations Squadron Digital Command and Control experimentation programme.

FasTAK Gateway makes it possible to share a tactical view to all connected air, ground and maritime units. It features the company’s TacNet tactical radio Link 16 terminal along with data link processor software, running on mainstream laptop hardware, that manages the data links, radio frequencies and data forwarding for the equipment in a lightweight, transportable container. The ruggedized system transitions from transport to operational status in 20 minutes. It delivers certified Link 16, Variable Message Format (VMF), Situational Awareness Data-Link (SADL) and Cursor on Target (CoT) communications with margin to integrate with a future all-domain operational environment.

The FasTAK Gateway provides an affordable, complete Link 16 data link picture to tactical ground users and its modular design and software-driven integration approach enables Collins to reconfigure the system to add new data links in the future,” commented Heather Robertson, VP and General Manager, Integrated Solutions for Collins Aerospace.

FasTAK Gateway will provide a shared tactical view for air, ground and maritime assets. (Photo: Collins Aerospace)

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