success stories

MIC: Processing Link 16 communications in the combat cloud

Customer

Airbus Defence & Space

Sector

Aerospace and Defense

Capabilities used

  • SW development according to RTCA/DO-178, DAL C
  • HW development according to RTCA/DO-254, DAL C
  • STANAG 5516 (Link 16)

Situation

A mission computer was required to meet the needs of the A400M and the A330 MRTT in terms of managing the exchange of tactical information transmitted/received by the MIDS and other aircraft mission systems.

Tasks

To meet the challenge, Tecnobit's engineering team employed its knowledge and experience in DO-178 critical software development and DO-254 on-board critical hardware for avionics and mission systems. He also used his recognized expertise in tactical communications and aeronautical certification. All this, to provide a system that allows to generate Link 16 messages and transfer them to the MIDS terminal to be sent via RF; as well as, to receive Link 16 messages from the MIDS and send them to the mission systems (Radar, EW, IFF, EO/IR, etc) of the aircraft.

Action

Tecnobit's MIC mission computer is designed to meet the most demanding requirements from an operational, safety and aeronautical certification point of view. For this purpose, the MIC allows the integration of an aircraft's mission system with the Link 16 network. Enables Network Centric Operations to gain information superiority on the battlefield.

Result

The MIC has been combat tested with the A400M and A330 MRTT in several missions, enabling the integration of these aircraft into the combat cloud. Enabling the establishment of secure tactical communications in an electromagnetic spectrum with high electronic warfare intensity. Dramatically improving situational awareness and communications in the battlespace.