Data Link Solutions Receives Link-16 Terminal Award for Taiwan P-3 Aircraft
27 Feb. 2012
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, has been awarded a $3,784,000 contract by the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) for the production of Multifunctional Information Distribution System - Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) for the Taiwan P-3 and Ground Link-16 Program.
“The P-3 aircraft conducts vital maritime patrol and reconnaissance missions for the Taiwan Navy. Now that information can be shared in real-time with other Taiwan military forces,” said DLS Director Heather Neff. “Our unique ability to provide this critical tactical data link capability expands our presence in the Asia Pacific region.”
MIDS-LVT was developed by a joint, multinational program office based in San Diego 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.
About Data Link Solutions
Data Link Solutions was established in 1996 by two of the world leaders in military communications, Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, to pursue next generation Link-16 applications. DLS is a leading supplier of Link-16 terminals and software, as well as logistics and support services for air, land and sea-based platforms with a heritage of more than 20 years of Link-16 design and production experience with more than 5,000 Link-16 systems delivered worldwide. DLS 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, MIDS-On-Ship, the URC-138 Link-16 terminal, and various country-unique data links. DLS is the only company to provide all MIDS-LVT variants including the MIDS-LVT(3) Fighter Data Link and the MIDS-LVT(LVT-2/11), and also builds the MIDS JTRS which is the next generation, software defined Pre-Planned Product Improvement to the MIDS-LVT. MIDS JTRS has all of the MIDS-LVT capabilities and adds three additional channels which are available for future Warfighter tactical data link and communication requirements.