Data Link Solutions to Advance Electronic Warfare for Allied Air Force Through Tactical Data Links
31 May 2014
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, has been awarded a $14.2 million foreign military sale contract to provide an allied air force in the Middle East with real-time situational awareness data and voice communications technology. DLS will deliver Multifunctional Information Distribution System Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) for the country’s ground Link 16 modernization program.
“This critical military requirement will enable our international customer to meet its tactical data link exchange for air-to-ground communications,” said Heather Neff, director at DLS. “DLS is committed to providing warfighters assured, protected access to the timely information they need to complete their missions and operate with U.S. and coalition forces.”
Designed to allow exchange of real-time communications across the battle space, DLS’ MIDS-LVT is a versatile technology, arming U.S. and coalition assets across air, maritime, and ground platforms with secure, jam-resistant Link 16 communications. The system is currently deployed across U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Army platforms, as well those of foreign militaries.
MIDS-LVT was developed by a multinational consortium to provide Link 16 capability at a lower weight, volume, and cost. DLS is the only company that provides all MIDS-LVT configurations within a complete Link 16 systems portfolio, offering the world's broadest range of tactical data link terminals, equipment repair and maintenance programs, and training for air, land, and sea.
Work on the MIDS-LVT modernization contract for this ally was awarded by the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and will be performed at DLS facilities in Wayne, New Jersey, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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 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 6,000 Link 16 terminals/systems delivered. DLS has provided MIDS terminals for more than 40 different platforms in 33 different countries with product offerings that include the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) Class 2 family, the MIDS-LVT, Fighter Data Link (LVT-3), and the MIDS Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS).
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