Situational awareness and coordination in the chaos of combat
A clearer battlefield picture in the fog of war with Link 16
Bringing the edge user into the tactical picture
Simultaneous multi-channel communications for Link 16 and more

Link 16 / MIDS Tactical Data Links

Real-Time Situational Awareness Across the Battlefield

In the chaos of combat, you only have seconds to identify a friend from foe before deciding whether or not to engage. And in today’s conflicts, friendly fire continues to be a growing risk as warfighters need to make split-second, life-or-death decisions.

With Link 16 communications from Viasat, you can now have a 360-degree view with all operators and assets accounted for in the Common Operating Picture. 

We arm more warfighters on more platforms with the most secure, jam-resistant Link 16 communications so joint and allied forces have the ability to exchange situational awareness data (friendly and enemy) and command and control information in real time.

By packaging the most advanced capabilities into the smallest form factors, every warfighter, platform, and node can leverage the nearly worldwide presence of Link 16 to create an even more robust network and achieve the interoperability that’s needed across the battlespace.

That’s why we have an end-to-end approach to Link 16 communications, with innovations spanning from advanced networking capabilities to crypto modernization initiatives, to the broadest range of terminals available, including the world’s only handheld Link 16 radio.

  • Built-in interoperability with Viasat’s family of Link 16 terminals
  • Manage and troubleshoot your own Link 16 networks and terminals with Viasat’s software tools
  • Better performance per dollar with Viasat’s support equipment so you can get more value out of your equipment and optimize your mission
  • Lower logistics costs with in-country/field support to help you address repair needs much faster
  • Reduce risk with 360-degree support from Viasat, including CONOPs development, training, network design, and help with lifecycle requirements

Interested in learning more? View our infographic to understand all of the benefits you'll get with Link 16. 

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