Data Link Solutions to Strengthen Allied Air Force’s Tactical Communications and Electronic Warfare Capabilities

1 Nov 2014


— Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, has been awarded a $15.7 million contract to provide the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) to the U.S. Department of Defense and an allied air force in Europe through a Foreign Military Sale (FMS). The contract marks the first time that this type of U.S. networking communications technology has achieved initial operating capability with electronic surveillance aircraft.

“DLS’s Lot 3 award expands our high quality terminal reach and support services to our growing family of international customers through the FMS program,” said Jack Stevens, product line director of communications and navigation solutions for BAE Systems. “This contract enables DLS to continue its leadership position in Link 16 airborne networking and provides the United States’ and allied militaries with the latest in certified, reprogrammable, software-defined radio architecture for tactical data links.”

Within this award, 10 percent of the MIDS JTRS airborne terminals will be allocated to a foreign allied air force through FMS acquisitions. These terminals enable aircraft to communicate during critical phases of a mission and to pass information to other assets in the battle space.

A networked communications system providing a single chassis, multiple-channel radio, MIDS JTRS significantly reduces the number of different and unique radios needed on the battlefield. This DLS offering transforms a MIDS terminal into a four-channel JTRS radio that maintains current Link 16 and Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN) functionality.

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 Multifunctional Information Distribution System – Low Volume Terminal (MIDS–LVT) and MIDS LVT-3 Fighter Data Link, MIDS LVT-2, 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.

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