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ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have successfully set up a demonstrator for the secure cross-domain networking of military aircraft.The demonstrator, which is based at ESG, proves the interoperability between the real-time network for networked operations management "OPAL" developed by the IAI (referred to by ESG as "NEOS - Network Enabled Operations Support") and the tactical data connection Link 16, writes the ESG in a press release.

The collaboration aims to provide a German gateway solution that seamlessly converts messages between Link 16 and the real-time decentralized network OPAL/NEOS, according to ESG. The demonstrator is said to represent a step forward in improving information sharing and the efficiency of air combat operations. By integrating Link 16, used by NATO and allied forces, into the innovative NEOS/OPAL network, the companies say the Interoperability between different platforms and the efficiency of operations are greatly improved.

ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH and the Israeli company IAI want to offer the German armed forces a robust solution based on tried-and-tested high technology for secure, cross-domain networking of all dimensions of future deployment scenarios. (Graphic: IAI)

This opens up new possibilities for safe and efficient real-time data exchange between different airborne systems, ensuring a higher level of situational awareness and more effective decision-making in complex operations in all dimensions.

According to the announcement, the gateway developed by ESG is a key element of the demonstrator. It seamlessly translates and converts messages between the incumbent Link-16 network and NEOS/OPAL, ensuring the seamless flow of critical real-time information without compromising security or reliability, ESG explains.

This demonstrates the potential of connecting existing standardized systems with a state-of-the-art, decentralized communications and application cloud to meet the evolving operational needs of modern command and control and air defense.

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