Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, has been awarded a $24 million contract from the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command to provide Link 16 terminals to U.S. and coalition forces.
These Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVTs) provide real-time data communications, situational awareness, navigation and digital voice, all in a jam-resistant, crypto-secured package. Link 16 is the tactical data exchange network used by U.S., NATO, and its allies.
"DLS has delivered thousands of MIDS terminals over the past 12 years and we're proud to be able to play a role in providing the U.S., NATO, and our allies with the family of MIDS products." said DLS Director Michael Beltrani. "DLS is the only qualified supplier of all MIDS and Joint Tactical Information Distribution System configurations. We are committed to providing the warfighter assured, protected access to the time-critical situational awareness required to efficiently complete their missions anywhere in the world."
This award includes MIDS LVT (1) variant radios for U.S. Navy military platforms - such as the MH-60R, MH-60S and F/A-18 - and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, including Australia and Japan. It also includes MIDS-LVT (2) and (11) variant radios for U.S. Army platforms. MIDS-LVT (2) is specifically designed for U.S. Army Patriot Information Coordination Central and Battery Command Posts. Voice has been added to the MIDS-LVT (11) via a battery-less handset for other ground uses.
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