Len's Contribution to Building Defense Technology Independence with Tactical Data Link (TDL)
Bandung (18/03/2022) – Coordination between dimensions, both land, sea, and air and all combat components is the key to the success of a mission. However, the complexity of the different types of key weapon systems used, as well as the ever-changing tactical situation can complicate coordination and make it difficult to obtain an up-to-date and valid combat or situational awareness
This is where a Tactical Data Link (TDL) system plays a role in supporting operational effectiveness by distributing information through radio waves and data cables equipped with certain data security standards.
President Director of PT Len Industri (Persero) Bobby Rasyidin explained, "With the spirit of defense technology independence, Len has succeeded in developing the Communication Tactical Data Link System
(CTDLS) which has been used both in joint exercises and military operations in Indonesia. We call this CTDLS Link ID in the air dimension, then NCS Link ID in the sea dimension."
The development of CTDLS Link ID is against the background of the need for supervision and security that can reach all regions of the Republic of Indonesia by the Air Force. Therefore, interoperability between Air Force equipment is needed in the implementation of joint operations involving various defense equipment.
Len as the parent of the Defense Industry BUMN Holding (Indhan) DEFEND ID is consistent in building this strategic independence and competence and will continue to be developed in the future according to its needs.
"CTDLS Link ID has the function of distributing tactical data on combat information, creating a picture of the same and comprehensive combat situation between units, and improving decision-making and coordination capabilities so that military operations can be more effective with a high success rate," Bobby explained.
Since 2015, Len's CTDLS has been used in maritime patrol aircraft, the Air Force's command and control center (Puskodal), as well as several units of the Navy's KCR Ship.
CTDLS Link ID has a percentage of the Domestic Component Level (TKDN) reaching more than 50%.
This success makes Len an experienced domestic company and is very ready to build and implement the concept of an integrated defense equipment system C5ISR (Command, Control, Communication, Computer, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
) according to the doctrine and defense needs of the TNI in Indonesia.
Supporting NCW's Modern Warfare Doctrine and Tactical Data Communication Sovereignty
The main difference between the modern warfare doctrine of Network Centric Warfare (NCW)
and the old doctrine of Platform Centric Warfare
is that all platforms/elements are connected in a data communication network, so that tactical data exchange can be carried out to create a wider, faster and more accurate situational awareness
. So Len's role here is as a system integrator for all dimensions.
"The implementation of tactical data communication systems or Tactical Data Link (TDL) plays an important role in the NCW concept. A country should have its own sovereign tactical data communication system," he said.
The novelty of technology in the CTDLS Link ID system developed by Len is the existence of a new national tactical data communication protocol standard, namely Link ID.
In addition, the design of the communication system is in accordance with the needs of TNI doctrine and ease of configuration in accordance with the diversity of defense equipment owned by the TNI.
The development of CTDLS Link ID began by conducting technological research including system design, software
design, and concept definition. After that, it is continued with the implementation of the system.
CTDLS Link ID is able to integrate various types of Indonesian defense equipment populations that are diverse, both domestically made defense equipment and defense equipment originating from the Western and Eastern Bloc.
Potential types of defense equipment that can be interconnected using CTDLS Link ID and NCS Link ID include:
- Air Force: Transport Aircraft, Heli Aircraft, UAV Aircraft, Air Raid Countermeasures, Fighters, GCI Radar
- Navy: Frigate, Corvette, Missile Fast Boat, Patrol Boat, Fast Patrol Boat
- TN I AD: Main battle tanks, light battle tanks, armored fighting vehicles, personnel transport vehicles, tactical command vehicles.