SyntheSys Defence
MIDS Link 16 Remote Training Course - 22-26 June 2020.

Tactical Data Link Online Training Course


Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Link 16 Training Course

Delivery:  Online

Duration:  5 half-day Sessions


The aim of this online course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of MIDS Link 16.  The course references both Allied Tactical Data Link Publications (ATDLPs) and United States (US) Military Standards (MIL-STDs) documentation.


This course is primarily aimed at those personnel who require a balanced understanding of MIDS Link 16.  As such, the syllabus has been designed to cover both technical and operational employment of MIDS Link 16.


By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Explain the technical characteristics of the MIDS terminal.
  • Describe the capabilities provided by the J-Series message catalogue.
  • Identify the restrictions imposed on the use of MIDS Link 16 by the Frequency Clearance Agreement.
  • Interpret the Link 16 portion of the Operational Tasking (OPTASK) Link.
  • Recall the planned changes to the terminals used by Link 16 in accordance with Block Upgrade 2, and the use of the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS).


Course Booking

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Our Approach to Online Training

Delegates should also be aware that in order to join the sessions via the conference facility, a download of an executable (.exe) installer file is required to open the GoToWebinar interface and join the session.


The sessions will be spread over 5 days, in blocks of approximately 3.5 - 4 hours with appropriate breaks being taken.


The MIDS Link 16 course is subject to certain United Kingdom (UK) Export Control restrictions.


Training delegates receive unlimited access to the SyntheSys Defence Community Portal, which is designed to enhance and support the training experience.  Delegates can access course information, download copies of course material, and also benefit from the other tools within the portal.  An electronic copy of the MIDS Link 16 manual will also be provided to each student via the portal.  For more information on the portal click here.


Related Courses

Tactical Data Link Free Online Training Series: An Introduction to MIDS/Link16, Link 22, and Variable Message Format (VMF)

Classroom-based Training Courses



Day One:

  • Course introduction.
  • Introduction to MIDS Link 16.
  • Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA).
  • Time Slot & Packing.
  • Access modes.


Day Two:

  • Network Participation Groups (NPGs) and Messages.
  • Network architecture.
  • Relay.
  • Interoperability (IO).
  • Receipt Compliance (R/C).


Day Three:

  • Signal processing.
  • Communications Security (COMSEC).
  • MIDS Terminal & Interference Protection Feature (IPF).
  • Block Upgrade 2 (BU2).


Day Four:

  • Frequency Clearance Agreement (FCA).
  • OPTASK Link 16.
  • MIDS initialisation.
  • MIDS synchronisation.


Day Five:

  • Surveillance operations.
  • Weapons operations.