Joint Tactical Information Distribution System
Definition/Scope: Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) is a secure, jam-resistant, high-capacity data link for use in a tactical combat environment. The JTIDS is to be followed by the Multifunction Information Distribution System (MIDS) for which the Navy is the Executive Service. Both JTIDS and MIDS broadcast Link 16 (TADIL J) messages, free text, imagery and voice. They provide interoperability, local and global connectivity, and situational awareness to the user when operating under rapidly changing operational conditions. Both terminals are used by the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps Theater Command and Control (C2) elements, weapons platforms, and sensors. It features a time division multiple access communication system that operates at L-band frequencies.
Narrower Terms:Link 16
Related Terms:Tactical Automated Mission Planning System