Thales has reached an agreement with Atos to develop advanced Link 22 functionalities for the TopLink tactical datalink processor.

Link 22 is a tactical datalink designed to provide armed forces with the ability to share huge amounts of tactical information in the battlespace during joint and allied operations.

Using Link 22, Nato naval forces will be able to communicate in real-time and adapt to a situation as it unfolds.

The datalink operates in the HF and UHF frequency bands. It is expected to replace Link 11 by 2025. Link 11 is the digital radio link standard currently used by Nato and its allies for maritime tactical data exchange.

In a statement, Thales said: “Link 22 will soon be a vital capability, enabling all components of a Nato naval force to take part in the connected collaborative combat of tomorrow.”

The advanced functionalities are intended to facilitate collaborative combat in a secure environment.

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The collaborative combat concept involves using advanced technologies intended to improve faster decision-making on the battlefield.

In addition, TopLink can manage tactical messages for airborne units using the Link 16 and Joint Range Extension standards.

The partnership leverages Atos’s expertise in Link 22 datalink management and Thales’s experience in critical multi-link systems.

Thales and Atos previously entered a partnership in 2009 for the initial testing of France’s Link 22 capabilities.