Military Embedded Systems

FasTAK Gateway comms system to enhance RAF tactical view


June 02, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo courtesy of Collins Aerospace.

UNITED KINGDOM. The Royal Air Force (RAF) has selected the Collins Aerospace Systems FasTAK Gateway to advance its tactical data link capabilities on the ground as part of the RAF’s Air Support Operations Squadron Digital Command and Control experimentation program.

According to the company, the FasTAK Gateway is designed to make it possible to share a tactical view to all connected air, ground, and maritime units. Collins Aerospace is a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp. 

The FasTAK Gateway features the Collins Aerospace TacNet Tactical Radio Link 16 terminal along with data link processor software, running on mainstream laptop hardware, that manages the data links, radio frequencies, and data forwarding for the equipment in a lightweight, transportable container.

The ruggedized system is designed to transition from transport to operational in 20 minutes. It delivers certified Link 16, Variable Message Format (VMF), Situational Awareness Data-Link (SADL), and Cursor on Target (CoT) communications with growth to integrate with a future all-domain operational environment.

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