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IDLS2024 General Information

IDLS2024 will be taking place at the Estoril Congress Center (Centro de Congressos do Estoril) in Cascais, Portugal.

The International Data Links Symposium

The 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 cooperation with the UK Ministry of Defence. As Link 16 proliferated, the symposium rapidly grew beyond the scope of a program office sponsored conference and in 2004 the International Data Link Society (IDLSoc) 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 locations 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 IDLS2024?

IDLS2024 welcomes government and industry professionals from the data link community, fostering collaboration and innovation in the dynamic field of data link solutions. The event is tailored to benefit a diverse audience:

Senior Decision Makers and Procurement Staff: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the available solutions by exploring them in one location. This unique opportunity facilitates direct comparisons, aiding in informed decision making.

Operators: Stay abreast of cutting-edge technology developments, directly engage with the organisations behind these advancements and give direct feedback to the organisations who have developed the systems

The key features of the International Data Links Symposium are:

Technical Expertise: The exhibition stands and demonstration areas at IDLS are staffed by technical experts and marketing and sales teams. This ensures that attendees, regardless of their technical background, can engage meaningfully with the showcased solutions.

Long-standing Impact: With over twenty years of successful operation, IDLS has created an unparalleled environment for enhancing interoperability across systems and countries. Benefit from the wealth of experience and connections established over the years.

Insights Into Future Trends: Get a sneak peek into the latest technological advancements and industry trends, ensuring you stay ahead in this rapidly evolving landscape.

Networking Opportunities:Connect with professionals, exchange ideas, and build valuable relationships within the data link community.

Join us at IDLS2024 for an enriching experience that goes beyond the traditional symposium. Your participation contributes to the continual improvement of data link systems worldwide.


Symposium – Wednesday 4th December – Friday 6th December 2024

  • Full details of the programme will be made available at the beginning of September 2024, with the final details in place by the end of September.

Training Day – Tuesday 3rd December 2024

  • The training day courses will be announced in March 2024 and the full course details will be published in the Newsletter and on the Website at the sametime.

Please note, Masterclasses and 101 Courses will not be taking place at IDLS2024. They will return in 2025.

Exhibiting at IDLS2024

The exhibit stands are exhibitors’ venues-within-the-venue to showcase their capabilities and products. They are also the anchor meeting places for all delegates for three uninterrupted days.

Standard, Bronze, Bronze Plus, Silver, Silver Plus and Gold packages are available at IDLS2024. For more details about exhibiting, visit the Exhibitor page on this website.