Data Link Solutions Receives Production Award for MIDS Joint Tactical Radio
2 Mar. 2011
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, has been awarded an $8.2 million contract by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) for limited production of Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) terminals.
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 in some cases, digital voice, all in a jam-resistant, crypto-secured package.
"DLS is ready to produce the MIDS JTRS terminals and we expect to make initial deliveries for the F/A-18E/F, the U.S. Air Force RC-135, and the EC-130H Compass Call platforms in the coming months,” said DLS Director Dwight Kandt. “MIDS JTRS will provide Link 16 capability to the warfighter today, with the vision of adding future networking waveforms, and establishes the foundation to grow the system into an air tactical data link terminal solution.”
MIDS JTRS is a cooperative, competitive development effort between Data Link Solutions, a joint venture of Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, and ViaSat.
About Data Link Solutions
Data Link Solutions was established in 1996 by two of the world leaders in military communications, BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins, to pursue next generation Link-16 applications. DLS is a leading supplier of qualified Link-16 terminals and software, and global logistics and support services for air, land, and sea-based platforms. DLS has a heritage of more than 20 years of Link-16 design and production experience and more than 4,000 Link-16 systems delivered worldwide. The company has provided MIDS terminals for more than 40 different platforms in 28 countries, with product offerings that include the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System Class 2 family, the MIDS-LVT(1) and LVT(3) Fighter Data Link, MIDS-LVT(2/11), MIDS Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS), MIDS-On-Ship (MOS), the URC-138 Link-16 terminal and various country-unique data links.
This press release contains statements (including certain projections associated with DLS providing Link-16 terminals to the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command) that are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to U.S. government spending and budgetary policies; potential cancellation or amendments of awards or orders by the U.S. Navy; challenges in the design, development and production of advanced technologies; and competitive product and pricing pressures; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in the Rockwell Collins or BAE Systems Securities and Exchange Commission filings. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof.