Originally designed for voice transmission, military tactical radios are now used to transmit and receive digital voice, data, and video between vehicles and command and control facilities. These data link radios are being interfaced with a variety of computers and monitors. Even while newly designed systems proliferate, a wide range of legacy platforms are undergoing upgrade to incorporate new data link capability. Clearly, the need for a common data link (CDL) solution to be used in multiple applications exists.
A relatively new common data link (CDL) compliant system is the tactical common data link (TCDL) which embodies characteristics most likely to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving demand envelope for both UAV and manned platforms. TCDL is a Ku-band digital data link that transmits wideband width information using CDL wave-form standards.