Cubic to supply US Navy with CDL subsystems
Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) has received a $1 million contract from the US Navy’s SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific for the delivery of switchable Common Data Link (CDL) split Above and Below Decks radio systems, it announced on 7 July.
The systems support sustainment of the AN/USQ-167 Common Data Link System (CDLS). The CDL split radio subsystem will be installed on US Navy aircraft carriers to provide wideband secure ship-to-air communications.
The AN/USQ-167 CDLS supports all standard CDL interfaces to enable network-centric warfare. The CDLS is an extremely high-speed wideband datalink that transmits signal and image intelligence data between reconnaissance aircraft sensors and associated surface ship processing systems.
Mike Twyman, president of CMS, said: ‘The US Navy requires additional simultaneous CDL link capabilities on CVN aircraft carriers (nuclear-powered) to support battle group force protection and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.
'With Cubic’s CDL split radios, the system will not only offer secure communications simultaneously to multiple aircraft per US Navy requirements, but also pre-flight check-out capabilities to ensure successful operations.’
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