Data Links - Network-Enabled Tactical Link System (NETLS)

NETLS is a state-of-the-art, data link buffer, translation, and command management system that meets all U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) operational and functional tactical data link requirements. It provides the customer with real-time multi-link data exchange capability in order to optimize tactical control and overall battlespace force coordination.

NETLS capabilities

NETLS is deployed as a command and control data link system. It receives, processes, stores, translates, formats and transmits data over multiple data links. The system also simultaneously provides remote control of communications equipment.

Open architecture that meets future needs

Featuring a networked, OSA using the latest commercial products, NETLS is engineered for growth. The system consists of only commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and operationally proven software modules. It is comprised of two subsystems: the NETLS data manager (DM), and the NETLS common operational picture (COP). NETLS DM and NETLS COP can function as a complete command and control (C2) system or can function as a data link manager to an enterprise command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) system.


NETLS is part of an extended family of L3Harris tactical data link products that have been in service for over 25 years. It has been deployed with the U.S. Armed Forces, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and other countries in a variety ofmaritime, aviation, and land-based applications. It has been installed on surface ships, aircraft, submarines, and mobile command centers. NETLS is capable of interfacing with a broad range of legacy, forward-deployed and mobile systems.

Supported missions

  • Weapons engagement, coordination and management
  • Special and embargo operations
  • Vessel board search and seizure (VBSS)
  • Search and rescue (SAR)
  • Target information
  • Support operations
  • Participant location and identification (PLI) and surveillance
  • Electronic warfare
  • Intelligence and information management
  • Threat warning