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Link 16 Operational on Australia’s C-130 Hercules

 Link13 C130 Hercules

By: Nigel Pittaway,

As exercise Pitch Black enters its third and final week this week, the C-130J will be operating low-level tactical missions in a high-threat environment, supporting Australian and US Special Forces within the remote Bradshaw and Delamere training ranges in the Northern Territory. What is different, however, is that it will be connected to the networked battlespace for the first time in its operational career. Australia is installing an Engility Corp. Joint Range Extension (JRE) TDL system into all 12 of its Hercules, and the installation is unique in that there are five display terminals: for the pilot, co-pilot, the two loadmasters in the cargo bay and the auxiliary crew station in the rear of the flight deck. “This specific fit-out is unique to Australian Defence Force (ADF) airborne assets and what we have now is both a Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) and Line Of Sight (LOS) capability,” explained Flight Lieutenant Shaun Wilkinson, a C-130J pilot with No. 37 Squadron and a member of the Link 16 integration project team. “There is also no other C-130 worldwide that has this system, no other Hercules has integrated Link 16 with a loadmaster station before.” FLTLT Wilkinson said that the first operational sortie using Link 16 was only flown at the end of last week, after two weeks of testing. “The RAAF’s Command and Control unit here in Darwin (114 Mobile Control & Reporting Unit) is using parts of Link 16 that they’ve never used before with fighter aircraft, even when they go to Red Flag,” he said. “What is important is that in the cockpit we are able to take in the entire picture in a quick glance, where normally we would have to listen to our voice radios to try and build a complex mental picture of what’s happening.” The JRE systems are installed on a CMS TacView flight computer and on laptops, which are installed on the flight deck and in the cargo bay. The upgrade work is being undertaken during regular servicing periods by Airbus Group Australia Pacific, the RAAF’s C-130J maintenance provider. “The JRE team is thrilled with the recent success onboard the Australian C-130J, where the JRE solution was selected by the Commonwealth of Australia and Airbus to be the host system/TDL system for the Commonwealth’s major air platform,” Engility said in a statement to mark the conclusion of the ground-testing phase.   

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Tactically Integrated Gateway Radios 3U

TIGR 3U provides Tactical Edge Warfighters with a one box solution to meet all essential data link and ISR communication requirements. TIGR's multi-channel and multi-band networking capabilities empower users with transformational communications flexibility in a very low SWaPand easily deployable unit.

TIGR incorporates both line-of -sight (LOS) and beyond-line-of -sight (BLOS) communications capabilities that include Link-16 data and voice, VHF/UHF voice, ANW2C, SRW, SATCOM, IW, and DAMA. With ETR capability for Link-16, TIGR can meet critical timing requirements for the Link 16 network using the DAGR GPS receiver.

Combined with Joint Range Extension (JRE) software running on an internal i5 Processor, TIGR can seamlessly provide multi-network air and ground situational awareness and Command & Control within thebattlespace, while simultaneously enabling radio control and data forwarding between networks, including VMF.

The compact design and flexible power options make TIGR a rapidly deployable gateway solution ideal for all mobile platforms.TIGR - 3U PDF

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JRE COMPLETES GROUND TEST ON AUSTRALIAN C-130J

Situational AwarenessThe JRE Team is thrilled with the recent success onboard the Australian C-130J where the JRE solution was selected by The Commonwealth of Australia and Airbus to be the Host system / Tactical Data Link system for the Commonwealth’s major air platform. The JRE systems were installed on the certified CMC TacView™ flight computers and laptops then integrated into the cockpit, loadmaster, and flight deck stations. The JRE is providing a quality Situational Awareness picture to the C-130J via the established JRE Managed Data Link networks on the ground.

Minor interface development was required to connect to the NAV Bus and pull information from the aircraft into the JRE systems. Thanks to the diligence and hard work of all parties involved this JRE development effort was completed on schedule and tested successfully without issue.

We are proud of the successful ground test and training events. The solution Airbus and The Commonwealth will field marks another great addition of capability to the Royal Australian Air Force’s inventory.

If you would like more information about JRE solutions please contact us to see how easily a solution can be tailor for your program.

Tactically Integrated Gateway Radios 7U

TIGR provides gateway operators with the most widely used waveforms meeting most data link communication requirements in one box. TIGR is a line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight communications system that incorporates Link 16 data and voice, ANW2, SRW, SATCOM, IW, DAMA and Situational Awareness Data Link (SADL). With dual ETR capability for Link-16 and SADL, TIGR can meet critical timing requirements for these networks simultaneously using a single DAGR GPS receiver.

When combined with Joint Range Extension (JRE) software, TIGR can seamlessly provide air and ground situational awareness and Command & Control within the battle space. The compact design makes TIGR a quickly deployable gateway solution ideal for mobile platforms. TIGR 7U - PDF

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JRE 2016 Operator's Working Group Registration

This event will be held at the Home Garden Inn and Homewood Suites in Del Mar, San Diego CA.

 Registration details listed below:

 If you are planning to attend or need information email us @  jre.workinggroup@engilitycorp.com

 or call us at 619-278-2331

 We look forward to seeing you there!

Data Link Gateway

Updated July 22, 2015
Exchanging real-time tactical information provides joint and coalition forces with a clear view of the  battlespace and the situational awareness needed for mission success. However, Joint Forces face a challenge in modernizing key assets with essential 21st-century communication capabilities in the face of shrinking budgets. 

JRE’s combat-proven data link gateway has an unmatched record of performance, reliability, economy and agility. It offers a wide range of compelling benefits across the entire operational landscape and chain of command.

With nearly 1,300 units in the field across the globe, JRE is uniquely qualified to provide data link capabilities to disadvantaged platforms with current processors, radios and terminals.

It meets all key requirements: 

  • Joint: Provides the common operational picture needed for joint operations
  • Cost effective: JRE offers the lowest total cost of ownership of any data link gateway
  • Adaptable: Software and hardware agnostic, JRE is highly configurable, has the ability to run on nearly any processor and easily implemented on current equipment
  • Reliable: Approved and certified; can be fielded immediately
  • Easy: Easy to procure, integrate and maintain, JRE is also intuitive and takes only a few hours to learn to use

JRE provides a product roadmap for the future. It is continually, yet seamlessly, adding new features, capabilities and radio connectivity so there is no need to retrain pilots or operators, as well as enhancing compatibility with new devices, such as tablets, to ease the transition from civilian to military life.

Integrating Support Systems

JRE Client allows full control of the JRE Server from anywhere via IP - LAN, WAN or direct connect. Clients can be run simultaneously on any workstation or laptop – Windows, MAC-OS, LINUX or UNIX.

The Joint Range Extension

Exchanging real-time tactical information provides Joint and coalition forces with a clear view of the battlespace and the situational awareness needed for mission success. However, Joint Forces face a challenge in modernizing key assets with essential 21st century communication capabilities in the face of shrinking budgets.

The Joint Range Extension’s (JRE) combat-proven data link gateway has an unmatched record of performance, reliability, economy, and agility. It offers a wide range of compelling benefits across the entire operational landscape and chain of command.

With nearly 1,300 units in the field across the globe, JRE is uniquely qualified to provide data link capabilities to disadvantaged platforms with current processors, radios, and terminals.

It meets all key requirements:

  • Joint: Provides the common operational picture (COP) needed for Joint operations
  • Cost Effective: Offers the lowest total cost of ownership of any data link gateway
  • Adaptable: Software and hardware agnostic, is highly configurable, has the ability to run on nearly any processor, and is easily implemented on current equipment
  • Reliable: Approved and certified and can be fielded immediately
  • Easy: Easy to procure, integrate, and maintain; is also intuitive and takes only a few hours to learn to use

JRE provides a product roadmap for the future. It is continually, yet seamlessly, adding new features, capabilities, and radio connectivity so there is no need to retrain pilots or operators as well as enhancing compatibility with new devices, such as tablets, to ease the transition from civilian to military life.

JRE: Shared information. Unified communication.

Multi-TADIL platform

Our team of engineers, management, and Subject Matter Experts are available to the JRE users 24 / 7. Utilized not only across every branch of the US Military and Coast Guard, the JRE provides the backbone to critical infrastructure such as the Homeland Defense Network. As partnering countries adopt the JRE they are identifying the JRE as the gateway of choice due to the ease of training, fullest set of message implementation, superior capability, and ease of integration into existing architectures.

Team JRE has been the answer when others have not met the challenge. As a Multi-TADIL platform and as an unequalled Link 16 gateway, we continue to evolve in order to surpass our war fighter's needs. With an unwavering dedication to software development and support, team JRE provides solutions ranging from Small Form Factor (SFF) and Computer Off The Shelf Systems (COTS) to the fully ruggedized hardware solutions.

Other Services:

  • Training warfighters to assure the highest levels of readiness
  • Conducting testing and certification to sustain high standards and quality assurance
  • Supporting systems with on-site Subject Matter Experts and 24/7/365 Help Desk Assistance
  • Providing comprehensive network solutions that enable mapping, tracking, management and communication interfaces to share information
  • Designing and developing multi-faceted communication networks that digitally
    link air, and sea forces in joint and multi-national operations
  • Integrating support systems by establishing common operating environments
  • Ensuring communication superior critical to achieving going military operations
  • Enabling secure communication paths to pass sensitive tactical data
Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) communications

MilCIS 2011 demonstration

The 2011 Military Communications and Information Systems (MilCIS) conference was held in Canberra, Australia, during November. The MilCIS conference is the premier gathering of defense and government organizations, as well as research, academia and industry members from Australia and around the globe. Its aim is to facilitate ongoing discussion of current and future defense requirements, capabilities and technological solutions.

Throughout the 2011 MilCIS, a series of live tactical information exchange domain (TIED) demonstrations were jointly presented by the Tactical Information Exchange Integration Office (TIEIO) and the Australian/New Zealand chapter of the International Data Link Society (IDLSoc).

Rohde & Schwarz collaborated with the US-based Joint Range Extension (JRE) team from L-3 in San Diego in order to demonstrate the capability of the and to pass the Joint Range Extension Application Protocol (JREAP-C) IP data over an HF link using the xDL protocol variant of the HDL+ high rate data link protocol.

The xDL protocols provide a transparent IP interface that allows users to implement standard IP-based applications and transmit the IP data stream beyond line of sight (BLOS) using the R&S®M3SR Series4100 HF radios and R&S®M3TR tactical radios.

Scenario and setup

The primary goal of Rohde & Schwarz was to show the R&S®M3SR and R&S®M3TR radios’ capability to successfully transmit and receive IP data using the xDL protocols embedded within the radios’ ALE-3G protocol stack.

For L-3, the main aim was to display the JRE system’s capability to successfully transmit and receive JREAP-C IP data via a BLOS HF radio bearer.

Combined, these two capabilities enable a real-world scenario of passing a tactical data stream from a tactical data link (TDL) capable platform (e.g. a major surface combatant with a Link 16 / Link 11 capability) to a TDL disadvantaged platform (e.g. a patrol vessel without an inherent TDL capability onboard). This scenario can be expanded to include passing data from land sites to vehicular platforms, helicopter platforms, dismounted soldiers, etc.

The block diagram below shows the setup displayed at MilCIS. The system on the left-hand side represents the major surface combatant or land station capability. This station converts the original link formatted data into the JREAP-C (UDP/IP) variant for transmission over the R&S®M3SR Series4100 HF radio.

On the right-hand side, the TDL disadvantaged platform is represented, with only the R&S®M3TR MR3000 tactical radio and a JRE capable user terminal (e.g. a CF-52 Toughbook or the L-3 JRE Enabled TacView (JET)) required to provide the platform with a TDL capability.
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