Data Link Solutions Receives Contract to Support Joint Tactical Radio System for U.S. Navy

May 2014

MIDS-JTRS wideband tactical radio photo

— Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, has received a $13.4 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to support the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) used on multiple Navy aircraft. Through this procurement, DLS will repair and replace wideband tactical radio avionic line-replaceable units, enabling naval aviators to communicate more effectively during critical phases of airborne electronic attack missions.

“Through this follow-on order under a multiple award contract arrangement, DLS will extend the U.S. Navy’s airborne networked communication capabilities,” said Heather Neff, director at DLS. “Our support and ability to adapt to a much broader technology construct for information assurance will help our U.S. Navy-customer meet the harsh demands of today’s net-centric operations environment.”

The MIDS JTRS four-channel radio is a secure, scalable, modular, wireless, and jam-resistant digital information system currently providing tactical air navigation and Link 16 communications capabilities to joint and coalition airborne, ground, and maritime platforms. SecureVoice is another security technology embedded in the MIDS JTRS system, providing enhanced communications capabilities.

Work will be performed at DLS facilities in Wayne, New Jersey, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is expected to be completed by January 2017.

About Data Link Solutions

DLS 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. The company has a heritage of more than 20 years of Link 16 design and production experience, with more than 6,500 Link 16 systems delivered worldwide.

DLS has provided MIDS terminals for more than 40 different platforms in 38 countries. Product offerings include the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System Class 2 family, the Multi-functional Information Distribution System (MIDS) LVT and LVT-3 Fighter Data Link, the MIDS-LVT-2, the MIDS-On-Ship, the URC-138 Link 16 terminal, TacNet™ Tactical Radio and various country-unique data links. DLS is one of the only companies to provide MIDS-LVT variants including the Fighter Data Link, MIDS LVT-2/11, and MIDS-JTRS.