Credited by the US Air Force as a key factor for saving lives in multiple theatres due to increased situational awareness, Link 16 is a military inter-computer data exchange format enabling military aircraft, ships, Army and Marine Corps units to exchange tactical information securely and in near real time.
Communication and situational awareness is key in the battlefield and can be the difference between mission success and mission failure. By networking together air, ground and maritime nodes into a Common Operating Picture (COP), Link 16 provides
war fighters with enhanced command and a full, holistic situational awareness of the battlespace they are in.
Successful data links from Link 16 enable war fighters to understand location and identity of friend or foes, share points of interest over a secure network and optimise the decision-making process in an electromagnetically stressed environment.