Link 22 Training Foundation

Commitment 2 days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
User Ratings Average User Rating 4.8 See what learners said
Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


This emerging Tactical Data Link (TDL) is seen as the replacement for Link 11 throughout NATO. The first implementation commenced in 2007.  The Link 22 Training course, which is based on ATDLP-5.22 and ATDLP-7.33, gives the student a sound theoretical knowledge of all aspects of Link 22 Operations.

The areas covered by the course include system architecture, network structures, and an in-depth look at the message catalog and the capabilities provided by those messages.  Detailed message transactions can be demonstrated using the DIGINEXT TACTX simulator.


  • We can adapt this Link 22 course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Link 22 course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build Link 22 around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Link 22 course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

Upon completing this Link 22 course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Provides simple-to-use functions that require minimal operator interaction
  • As an excellent stand-alone tactical data link can interwork with Link 16
  • Link 22 enhances tactical data link capabilities

The target audience for this Link 22 course:

  • Managers, and procurers to get Executive-level information
  • Planners, operators, and technicians to gain user-level and operational information (ConOps)
  • Any other technical professionals to get technical-level information

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this Link 22 course are:

  • N/A


Day 1
  • Introduction to Link 22
  • NATO Improved Link Eleven (NILE) Communications Equipment (hardware), to include:
    –  System Network Controller
    –  Link level Communications Security (COMSEC)
    –  Signal Processing Controller
    –  Radios and Time of Day input
  • Link 22 Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA)
  • Link 22 Networks, to include:
    –  Super Networks
    –  NILE Networks
  • Link 22 Messages
  • Minimum Implementation (Minimp) and Functional Areas
Day 2
  • Review of Day 1 Lessons
  • Planning, to include:
    –  Assignment and Mini-Slot capacity calculus
    –  Operational Net Cycle Structure (ONCS) calculus
  • OPTASK Link 22 segment
  • Operations, to include:
    –  System initialisation
    –  Network initialization – Short and Probing
    –  Late Network Entry
    –  Leaving a Network and Shutdown
  • Track Exchange
  • Network Management (NM), to include:
    –  Super Network Management
    –  NILE Network Management
    –  NILE Unit Management
  • Data Forwarding (D/F)
  • Fault Management
 Link 22 Training Link 22 Training Course Wrap-Up