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Our Data Link Multi-Protocol Processor (LINPRO) as a solid international benchmark

Customer

Spanish Navy, Army, Air Force, Dutch Navy, Belgian Navy, Swedish Navy, Portuguese Navy, Japanese Navy.

Sector

National security | Naval | Terrestrial

Capabilities used

  • Hardware and software development according to standardized NATO protocols.
  • implementation (SW/HW), on HW COTS or MOTS equipment.
  • Implementation of the latest versions of Link-11 A/B, Link-16, Link-22, JREAPC, VMF and SIMPLE protocols.
  • Data Forwarding capability between different protocols, and Concurrent operations.
  • Two alternative modes of operation are available, referred to as FULL PROCESSING MODE (ON/OFF)
  • Availability of its own HMI (Human Machine Interface).
  • Integration and management of DTS, MIDS, SNC, SPC, and VMF modem terminals.

Situation

There was a gap in the interoperability of encrypted communications systems and tactical links because the information exchanged over tactical data links is subject to format conventions, relay rules, protocols, which allow for more accurate, coordinated, digital, and efficient communication than with traditional voice and non-homogeneous data/message communications.

In the market, although there were solutions for the implementation of NATO data link communications standards, these were included internally within the combat system (SMC), and closely coupled to the SW/HW of the same and to the communications chain equipment. This did not allow an efficient evolutionary maintainability of the protocols, and it was very difficult to include new protocols that would also operate simultaneously and concurrently.

Our vision proposed a new SW/HW system, or only SW, external to the command and control/combat system of any platform, that could solve the previous shortcomings, and that its "core" could be reused between different platforms in a common way, but at the same time adaptable in functionalities and interface with the SMC to make the integrations with it standardized and independent of each new protocol to the greatest extent, scalable, modular, and with optimal corrective and evolutionary integrations and maintenance. This guarantees interoperability between networks and the independence of baselines and confidentiality for each country.

Tecnobit-Grupo Oesía starts the development of the tactical link processor, LINPRO (Data LINk PROcessor) jointly and as R&D of the Spanish Navy. A tactical liaison processor with the announced advantages, and that allows sharing local information with other collaborating units, so that all collaborating units can have a global picture of the tactical scenario, coordinate and incorporate new NATO versions and protocols.

LINPRO was born in 2000 with Link-11/Link-16, from an earlier system with the DLP concept for Link-11 called CRETA (late 90s). LINPRO currently incorporates with that philosophy, Link-22 very early and early in the market, along with JREAP and VMF.

LINPRO is deployed in about a hundred units among the Spanish Navy and on platforms in more than 5 countries (demanding international markets, among others, such as Holland, Japan, UK, Belgium, Portugal, and future Germany), and mainly for ships, shore centers, and aircraft. It has several types of internal interfaces with the SMC.

Tasks

TECNOBIT-Oesia Group has developed a Data LINk PROcessor (LINPRO) which is currently the only tactical communications processor able to work indistinctly and concurrently on L11 A/B, L16, L22 and JREAP-C and VMF, according to the latest editions of the STANAGS. It also allows data forwarding capable of handling Link 11, Link 16, Link 22 and JRE.

Action

The capabilities of this product are continually being expanded to achieve:

  • Increased capacity for simultaneous MultiData Link processing and forwarding between different data links
  • A mature and widely deployed product nationally and internationally (Multiple integrated CMSs)
  • With several modes of operation adaptable to the functional needs of the CMS (Efficient CMS Integrations)

Result

Our LINPRO (Data LINk PROcessor), is a Multi Link Processor developed entirely by Tecnobit, which has currently become the standard communications link of the Spanish Navy and the navies of other countries such as Holland, Belgium, Portugal, or Japan, after winning several international tenders against the largest competitors in the sector.

It is also operational at the Army's Anti-aircraft Artillery Operations Centers and at the Air Force's Madrid, Zaragoza and Canary Islands Control Centers.

The excellence of our product has led us to position ourselves as an international benchmark in the field of tactical communications.