RSI’s Data Link Communications, Forwarding and Display System (ComLINK) is an off-the-shelf PC based system supporting the tactical data link communications and data translation/forwarding mission for allied armed forces around the world. ComLINK is currently in use in England, Germany and Poland. ComLINK is highly configurable by utilizing RSI’s Operational Core user interface package and then layering multiple tactical data link interfaces from RSI’s Interface Package Library (IPL). New customer application-specific requirements are easily accommodated.

ComLINK is a turn-key, PC based data link communications display system that uses ruggedized, commercial off-the-shelf hardware configurations for enhanced reliability and durability. ComLINK allows direct participation and monitoring of all configured data links as well as data forwarding and data translation from one link format and protocol to another. ComLINK creates tracks in its track database from received track messages and operator entered (voice told) tracks. External interfaces configured into the ComLINK independently scan the track database both on a periodic and on-demand basis to generate the appropriate messages and operator alerts for each object. Message generation and processing is based on the requirements of the associated specification for each configured external interface (e.g. MIL-STD-6016B). Data received over a configured external interface is validated for errors and processed for automatic link responses (R shifts, ID conflict processing, command processing, etc.), Presentation of data in hook readouts, real-time data reductions, and automatic alerts. Non-periodic, non-automatic message traffic is generated in response to operator actions as well as in response to received messages.

  • Data Links
  • I/O Protocols and Standards
  • Datasheet
  • Link 16
    (MIL-STD-6016, STANG 5516, JTIDS TIDIP)
  • Link 11, Link 11B
    (MIL-STD-6011, STANG 5511, JCS Pub6)
  • NATO Link1
    (STANG 5501)
  • ATDL-1
  • FAAD Data Link
  • NATO Link 14
  • TIBS
  • Variable Message Format
  • Interoperable Data Link
  • Unclassified Data Link
  • Missile Battery Data Link
  • Lateral Tell
  • Forward Tell
  • TESS
  • ICAO
  • Forwarding:
  • Link 16 Link 11/11B
  • Data Translation:
  • IDL Link 11/11B, FDL, UDL, ATDL-1
  • RS-232
  • RS-422
  • RS-449
  • RS-485
  • EIA-530
  • EIA-530A
  • V.35
  • V.36
  • X.25
  • HDLC
  • TCP, UDP, Multicast

Pull-down and context specific pop-up menus simplify definition of the tactical data link environment. Pre-defined world maps, standardized tactical symbology, user defined map areas, integrated satellite imagery and digital terrain maps (DTED) provide enhanced visualization, Extensive user-friendly controls including display and data Filtering, range/bearing functions, display zoom and offset, track histories, and allow operators to configure and use the tactical displays to provide optimal data visibility for situation awareness and analysis. ComLINK's user interface is optimized for operational use and provides extensive automated functions and operator alerts for tactical conditions reported/detected for configured data links.

ComLINK is normally configured as a single workstation supporting multiple data link interfaces. The number of external interfaces supported by a single workstation is virtually unlimited. When more external interfaces are required ComLINK can be configured as a distributed network supporting multiple integrated workstations and processing nodes. In this configuration, ComLINK provides distributed processing and operator controls while maintaining fully integrated situation awareness and data availability at each workstation. Additional processing nodes can easily be added when elements of the system are physically separated. Single and dual options are available.