Trident Systems Enhances Tactical Chat

Share Article

The Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Collaboration Gateway (CG) Program Office and the developer, Trident Systems are pleased to announce a new release of the single domain chat capability, TacChat version 1.2.

News Image

The collaborative tool most often used for critical information exchange on military networks is tactical chat. In many scenarios chat is preferred over radio because of its ability to reach multiple geographically dispersed participants simultaneously and to provide a persistent and readily user accessible log of the conversations. TacChat is an enhanced XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) standards-based secure chat server with features to provide increased reliability and higher performance on secure single-domain networks.

TacChat is compliant with DoD IT Standards Council’s Registry (DISR) mandate for XMPP deployment and has been Certified through the CENTCOM 25-200 Process. TacChat is interoperable with other XMPP servers such as Openfire, Cisco Jabber XCP, and Isode M-Link. In addition to the capabilities introduced in TacChat v1.1 such as single sign-on, fast connect/re-connect, Time-to-Live(TTL) and other optimizations, version 1.2 provides:

  •     Distributed Multi-User Chat (DMUC) - allows continuity of operations in group chat rooms utilized in a federated server environment such that if the master room is unavailable, everyone else in the federated environment can continue to carry out operations in the chat room.
  •     Conversation Retrieval & Reporting - allows an authorized user to query chat room history for a user defined period of time via an out-of-band web interface. A PDF can be created from the query results for printing or distribution.
  •     Lockable Group Chat Settings - allows the user to create a room on demand with default settings for use which cannot be changed by the user.

The US Army PEO EIS Test Report 2013 says TacChat is “Highly resilient and throttles connection attempts very effectively under heavy load….only server to remain operational throughout the load testing”. During the Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation and eXamination eXercise (CWIX) in 2013, all information exchange objectives were achieved and all systems were interoperable between the U.S., NATO, and Coalition Partners. TacChat will again be part of CWIX this June as a core service to the Mission Partner Enterprise. TacChat can support up to 100,000 concurrent users per server and can scale by federating multiple TacChat servers. TacChat supports existing XMPP servers such as Jabber (XCP) and M-Link and most XMPP compliant clients

TacChat is deployed and being used operationally by US Forces and Coalition Partners. It has also been selected as a XMPP chat solution by major defense programs. Installation (in both native and virtual environments), on-site training and help desk support is available.

About Trident
Trident Systems is a veteran-owned small business that delivers innovative and affordable technology solutions for critical government and commercial needs. Founded in 1985, Trident continues to harness technology and provide leading-edge solutions to every Military Service, the Intelligence Community, and a broad spectrum of government and industry partners. Trident develops products in three primary focus areas: Integrated C4I systems, Radar Systems, and Assured Collaboration Systems. Trident also provides an array of services from Complex Systems Engineering services for complex system development as well as Collaboration Services, providing a full range of design / build services for state of the art facilities including supporting of the Integrated Air Defense System in the National Capital Region. Trident’s headquarters is located in Fairfax, Virginia. For more information, visit

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Dave Britton
Visit website