International Data Links Symposium 2018

IDLS2018 took place in to San Diego, California, USA.


Monday 29th October - Thursday 1st November 2018

The annual International Data Links Symposium (IDLS) will be held in San Diego this year. This is unquestionably one of the most significant worldwide locations due to its first class resources, which are focussed on countering all military threats and developing advances in TDL technology. The International Data Links Symposium (IDLS) is a joint international community event, which spans all Data Link related capabilities and aspires to provide a programme that contains relevant, focussed and high-quality stimulus to tackle some of these transformational challenges.

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IDLS2018 Theme:

Planning for Transformational Success


The Data Links community continues to work within a world that is rapidly changing, from geopolitical, economic and technological points of view.

We are facing emerging military threats, such as the ever-increasing Ballistic Missile capability of North Korea, and cyber warfare tactics of non-Allied Nations. At the same time, we are moving towards the roll out of next generation Tactical Data Link (TDL) technologies, such as Link 22 and Link 16 capable radio development and expansion. The changes that are in front of us need to be effectively managed, to ensure that we achieve a high level of collaborative interoperability, within the constraints of our individual National defence procurement budgets.

IDLSoc Training Day

The Training Day will take place on Monday 29th October 2018. Details of the courses can be found in the Training Day section of the website.

Proposals must be submitted by 26th January 2018.

Exhibiting at IDLS2018

Bronze, Bronze Plus, Silver, Silver Plus and Gold packages are available at IDLS2018. These packages include paid delegate registration, hotel rooms and promotional opportunities. There is also the option to secure a Standard package.

This year exhibitors can choose to bring mobile equipment rather than having a stand.

For more details about exhibiting at IDLS2018 and information on the new features please download the Exhibitions Packages document.

Gold Packages


Viasat - Gold Exhibitor

Silver+ Packages


Tactical Communications Group - Silver Plus Engility Corporation - Silver Plus

Silver Packages


Ultra Electronics - Silver Data Links Solutions Logo - Silver IBM Logo - Silver Northrop Grumman Information Systems Logo - Silver