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IDLS2022 General Information

IDLS2022 will be taking place from 8th November to 10th November 2022 at the Halifax Convention Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The International Data Links Symposium

International Data Links Symposium has been held annually since 2001. It originated as a Tactical Data Link User’s group sponsored by the US Navy and US Air Force Link 16 program offices in in cooperation with the UK Ministry of Defence. As Link 16 proliferated, the symposium rapidly grew beyond scope of a program office sponsored conference and in 2004 the International Data Link Society (IDLS) was chartered as a non-profit organization to provide a forum for the Tactical Data Link (TDL) community and to facilitate the annual event. The annual symposium is held in various cities throughout the world to facilitate participation by the international community. The society’s charter is:

  • To provide a Government-Industry forum to inform each other of accomplishments, trends and developments in military and civil data link technology
  • To further interoperability
  • To further the effectiveness of digital information exchange
  • To create a framework of co-operation across nations
  • To share lessons learned and best practices
  • The identification and promotion of key issues relating to the successful application of data links worldwide

Who should attend IDLS2022?

The event is open to both government and industry personnel from the data link community.

It offers senior decision makers and procurement staff the opportunity to see the different solution available in the same room and enable them to compare them more readily.

It offers the operators the opportunity to see what new technology is being developed and allow them to give direct feedback to the organisations who have developed the systems.

Due to the technical nature of the symposium, the exhibition stand and the demonstration area of the show are manned by the technical experts as well as the marketing and sales teams.

Over the twenty plus years IDLS has been running, this has created an unique environment that enables improving interoperability across systems as well as countries.


Symposium - 8th to 10th November
  • The outline of the programme can be viewed on the Programme Overview page. Full details of the programme will be made available at the beginning of September, with the final details in place by the end of September. This information can be seen in the login area of this site.
Masterclass and 101 Course - 3rd, 4th and 7th November
  • The Masterclass is aimed at individuals who have some TDL experience.
  • The 101 Course will be aimed at individuals who are new to the Data Links world.
Training Day – 7th November
  • The Training Day will take place on 7th November, information on the courses being offered is available here.

Exhibiting at IDLS2022

This will be the first time since 2019, that the TDL Industry experts will have the chance to exhibit at a dedicated TDL event and we look forward to welcoming back familiar faces and introducing new companies to the TDL Community.

Bronze, Bronze Plus, Silver, Silver Plus and Gold packages are available at IDLS2022. For more details about exhibiting at IDLS2022, visit the Exhibitor pages on this website.

Sponsoring at IDLS2022

There are a growing number of sponsoring opportunities at IDLS2022, full details of which can be found here here.