DLS will provide Link-16 terminals

Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, has been awarded an $18.5 million contract by the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) for production of Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Low Volume Terminals (LVT) for U.S. and Coalition Forces. These MIDS-LVT terminals provide real-time data communications, situational awareness, navigation, and digital voice, all in a jam-resistant, crypto-secured package.

The award includes MIDS-LVT Tactical Data Links Radios supporting U.S. platforms such as the F-16, MH-60R, MH-60S, F/A-18, and Foreign Military Sales including Finland, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and South Korea.

“This award reinforces DLS as a leading provider of Link-16 terminals and solutions,” said DLS Director Jack Stevens. “DLS is committed to providing U.S. and coalition warfighters with reliable and protected access to the time-critical information they need to efficiently complete their missions anywhere in the world.”

MIDS-LVT was developed by a multinational consortium to provide Link-16 capability at a low weight, volume and cost. Link-16 provides secure, high capacity real-time data communications, ultra high frequency (UHF) and line of sight (LOS) situational awareness and navigation, and in some cases, digital voice and TACAN, all in a jam-resistant, crypto-secured package.

Source/Author: Rockwell Collins

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