DLS awarded $31 M to provide MIDS-LVT for KC-46 tanker program
Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, has been awarded a $31 million contract from The Boeing Company to provide Multifunctional Information Distribution System - Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVTs) Link-16 terminals for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-46 tanker program.
“This contract enables DLS to continue its leadership position in Link-16 airborne networking and provides Boeing and the Air Force with advanced tactical data link technology for the next generation tanker,” said DLS Director Heather Neff.
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The initial award includes terminals for laboratory integration testing, flight test and initial production aircraft. The award includes delivery of 179 MIDS-LVT terminals, with subsequent terminals to be delivered incrementally through 2026.
MIDS-LVT was developed by a multinational consortium to provide Link-16 capability at a lower weight, volume and cost. MIDS-LVT provides real-time data communications, situational awareness and navigation, digital voice and TACAN, all in a jam-resistant, crypto-secured package.
The MIDS program is managed by the U.S. Navy MIDS Program Office in San Diego, Calif. Work will be performed in Wayne, N.J., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Source : Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL)