Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, has been awarded a $25.8 million contract by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) for the First Full Production & Fielding (FP&F) of Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) Terminals for the U.S. Navy F/A-18 E/F (Super Hornet), Navy Lab, and NAVSUP (Navy Supply), and U.S. Air Force E-8 (JSTARS), RC-135 (Rivet Joint), EC-130E (Senior Scout), EC-130H (Compass Call), Air Force Participating Test Unit, and Warner Robins.
“This is an outstanding achievement for Data Link Solutions and the entire MIDS JTRS team,” said DLS Director Jack Stevens. “With the completion of operational testing and approval to enter into full production, we now have a MIDS JTRS software defined terminal meeting today’s warfighter needs with built-in growth capability for the future.”
The MIDS JTRS is a four-channel terminal that includes Link-16 capability with the ability to incorporate additional networking waveforms as they become available. This growth capability is significant for the warfighter, as it allows additional tactical data link and voice solutions to be added to the system in the future. Link-16 provides real-time data communications, situational awareness and navigation, and digital voice, all fully integrated and supplied to the customer in a jam-resistant, crypto secured package.
MIDS JTRS is a cooperative, competitive development effort between Data Link Solutions, a joint venture of Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, and ViaSat.
Source: Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL)
Date: May 15, 2012