Norwegian Tactical Data Link (TDL) Gateway

Adam, who was involved from the early stages of the project, brought recent Air Land Integration (ALI), Joint Fires and Battlespace Management experience to the Norwegian Procurement Team.

Adam worked closely with the Team for an extended period, from Information Exchange Requirement (IER) capture to Critical Design Review (CDR).  From the outset Adam played a significant part in the IER capture workshops, managing to apply operational experience to the existing support contractor’s proposed system architecture.

The requirement for the Gateway to act as a Land Based L16 C2 Unit which interfaces with VMF and NORTaC (the Norwegian C2 system designed to support HQs from divisional to platoon level) introduced a very complex set of IERs.  The requirements resulting from the capture workshops were thoroughly analysed using eSMART to ensure that the resultant system would meet the Customer’s requirements whilst being operationally viable (ie not too cumbersome).  Adam also helped identify L16 messages that could be of benefit to the Land Environment, but had not yet been widely used in air to air L16 systems and as such had been overlooked in the initial IER report.  Adam reviewed the IER report, produced by the support contractor, providing recommendations for alterations.  Adam analysed and reviewed the resultant Platform Requirement Specification (PRS), Platform Requirements Difference Document (PRDD), Platform Implementation Difference Document (PIDD) and Actual Platform Implementation Specification (APIS).

Adam assisted in quantifying the System Segment Specifications (SSS) used in the Invitation To Tender (ITT) documentation sent to industry.  Adam also participated in scoring of the proposals received, using his operational experience of ALI, Joint Fires and Battlespace Management to highlight strengths and weaknesses in the proposed solutions.  Having down-selected to 2 manufacturers, Adam took part in the final scoring which resulted in the selection of the winning manufacturer.

During the Critical Design Review (CDR), Adam again provided operationally orientated inputs, including observations regarding the HMI, which led to the winning contractor introducing unique class-leading HMI functionality.