The Universal Link System (ULS) provides a Data Link Processor (DLP) that can be configured to include MIL-STD/NATO Standard Data Links (Link 1, Link 11, Link 11B, Link 16, IJMS and ATDL-1) in any combination required by the customer. The system can also be configured to accept sensor inputs (ESM and Radar) as well as implement TADIL-J Joint Range Extension Application Protocols (JREAP) and Variable Message Format (VMF). Link 22 is planned for future implementation. The system performs forwarding of remote and local information between all the Data Links thus assuring a Common Recognized Tactical Picture (RTP) for all linked units.
The ULS can be easily interfaced to an existing C2/C3 System to provide Multi-Tactical Data Link connectivity and Network Enabled Capability required forJoint and Coalition operations.
The ULS optionally can provide one or more single or dual-screen Command and Control (C2) workstations that present a graphical display of the land, air, space, surface and sub-surface tactical situation and a Human Machine Interface (HMI) for configuring and controlling the ULS and its communications suite. Thisergonomic and efficient HMI gives the operator the ability to easily display detailed track data. The comprehensive menu system provides the capability to send and receive status messages, orders, commands, and weapons employment and status information over all active data links. Optionally, wireless remote Tactical Displays can be hosted on notebook computers.
The ULS is a first step in achieving Inter-Service interoperability and provides the basis of a truly Integrated Tactical Environment required for Network Centric Operations.
The ULS can be configured as an affordable single data link solution for an individual unit, and deployed as a land based, sea-borne or airborne platform. As the unit’s operational link requirements expand, that single link capability can easily be increased to multiple links with forwarding by merely adding hardware and software modules to the existing equipment. The System's 'Plug-and-Play' architecture is specifically designed for expansion and offers the ability to keep the same physical footprint of the equipment while increasing the operational capability.
The ULS includes a Data Link Configuration Planning Tool which gives tabular and graphical information about units participating in the various links and identifies potential problems such as circular links.
The ULS is delivered with a comprehensive Operator Manual that clearly explains, in words and graphics, all facets of ULS operations, from initializing a data link to understanding the data that is displayed when a track is ‘hooked’. Topics are well organized and succinctly stated to facilitate training of a novice operator or quick reference by the experienced operator.
The ULS is a fielded operational system currently in use within NATO and is available for export to approved Coalition and Partners for Peace participating nations.
The ULS is a cost effective force multiplier that provides increased situational awareness and improved control of tactical assets. The ULS is adaptable to the Customer’s unique configuration with MIL-STD/NATO Standard and Customer-defined Links. The system’s expandability and adaptable configurations make it a viable solution for any data link requirement.
- Small Physical Footprint
- Primarily COTS Equipment for Cost Reduction
- Ease of Maintenance and Repair
- Stand-alone or Multi-console Configurations
- Remote Tactical Display Capability
- Adaptable to any Data Link Configuration
- Multi-link Capable with Forwarding
- User Defined Forwarding Filters
- Geographic, Altitude, Positional, etc.
- Interoperability Amongst Standard NATO Links
- Expandable to Incorporate Customer-defined Data Links
- Custom Connectivity to Legacy Tactical Systems
- Proprietary API for Isolation of Protocols
- Robust Data Extraction/Reduction Capability
- C2/C3 Operational Capability
- Commands & Orders
- Weapons Control & Status
- Threat Evaluation, etc.
- Dual Display – Graphical Tactical Situation and Text
- Capable of Processing Sensor Inputs
- Automatic Correlation/Decorrelation Processing
- Real-time Information Management and Decision Support
- Configurable Track Information Display