Thales Becomes the Supplier of the Only Military Data Transmission Terminal Interoperable with Any Type of Platform

Issue 114 - July 2022

In late 2021, Thales’s TMA 6000 datalink terminal was certified compliant with Implementation 2 of the NATO standard STANAG 7085 by the French defence procurement agency (DGA), following the completion of successful testing. The TMA 6000 had already been certified compliant with STANAG 7085 Implementation 1 (Common Data Link) by the US Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) in late 2014. The new certification makes the TMA 6000 the first, and so far, only, datalink terminal to comply with both implementations of STANAG 7085.

In air combat and allied operations, increasingly large volumes of data need to be shared, more securely and rapidly than ever, among allied users. The TMA 6000 is a high-data-rate line-of-sight (LOS) data-link terminal operating in the NATO Ku band. Combined with an antenna system and amplifier, it transmits real-time data gathered by sensors on board aircraft (video streams and images as well as radar and electromagnetic data) to ground or naval stations hundreds of kilometers away.