Northrop Grumman has been awarded a three year contract by the ADF Tactical Data Link Authority (ADFTA) to deliver tactical data link (TDL) systems and training as part of the development of the ADF’s Joint Data Network.
ADFTA ensures TDL-functionality to achieve single, joint and combined TDL interoperability for the ADF.
“Northrop Grumman has extensive experience in networking and tactical data links across multi-domain forces, and a robust capability roadmap that will deliver increasingly enhanced data link technology in the years ahead,” Chris Deeble, chief executive of Northrop Grumman Australia, said.
“The Northrop Grumman engineers that delivered the F-35 Multifunction Advanced Data Link and communications, navigation and identification technologies will now be developing the ADF’s future TDL technology.”
The technology at the core of Northrop Grumman’s advanced multi-TDL system provides connectivity between fourth and fifth generation platforms, as well as future data links and networks. The tech improves the long term value of existing platforms and systems by making certain that they can interoperate with emergent 5th generation capabilities.