Data Link Solutions to Expand Digital Networking Capabilities for Growler Fleet of an allied Air Force

31 May 2014


— Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, has entered into a second full production and fielding contract for Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) terminals for the Growler aircraft of this ally in the Pacific Rim. DLSexpanding-digital-networking-capabilities-for-Growler-fleet.php terminals enable the Growler to communicate during critical phases of its airborne electronic attack mission and provide information to other assets in the battle space.

"This follow-on order, valued at $29.4 million, will see the MIDS JTRS terminals become the first U.S. technology of its type to achieve initial operating capability with this country's Growler," said Heather Neff, director at DLS. "The contract will help extend networked communications capabilities in current and future coalition efforts."

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. Secure Voice is another security technology embedded in the MIDS JTRS system, providing enhanced communications capabilities.

The MIDS JTRS Lot 2 delivery orders resulted from a competitive procurement through the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and were awarded to DLS under the MIDS Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract. Work will be performed at 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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