Data Link Solutions to Expand U.S. Navy’s In-Theater Communications Capacity and Networking Interoperability

31 May 2014


— Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, has been awarded a $33.4 million contract by the U.S. Navy to develop and implement a capability that will significantly increase the service’s operational Link 16 network capacities.

DLS will provide the upgrade, known as Four Net Concurrent Multi-Netting with Concurrent Contention Receive (CMN-4), to the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) terminal configuration. CMN-4 consists of both Concurrent Multi-Netting (CMN) and Concurrent Contention Receive (CCR). By leveraging these combined capabilities, the enhanced fighter data link can simultaneously receive multiple messages, each in different Link 16 network capacities. The upgrades will also be interoperable with currently fielded Link 16 terminals and offer the added potential of hosting future advanced airborne networking waveforms.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for both the Navy and our team,” said Jack Stevens, director at DLS. “This interoperable capability upgrade for Link 16 terminals meets today’s warfighter needs by providing a path to fully certified, reprogrammable, software-defined radio architecture for tactical data links.”

Work is expected to be completed in January, 2016 and will be performed at the DLS facilities in Wayne, New Jersey, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. MIDS JTRS is a cooperative, competitive development effort between DLS and ViaSat.

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 31 countries with product offerings that include the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System Class 2 family, the Multi-functional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Low Volume Terminal (LVT) and MIDS-LVT-3 Fighter Data Link, MIDS-LVT-2, 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 Fighter Data Link, the LVT-2/11 and MIDS JTRS as part of its portfolio.

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