DLS wins MIDS-LVT Link-16 terminal contract
Data Link Solutions (DLS) has announced that it has been awarded a contract by the US Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) for the production of Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Low Volume Terminals (LVT) for US and coalition forces. The company, a Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems joint venture, announced the $18.5 million contract 31 August 2012.
Under the contract, DLS will produce the MIDS-LVT terminals, which provide real-time data communications, situational awareness, navigation, and digital voice, all in a jam-resistant, crypto-secured package. The award also includes MIDS-LVT Tactical Data Links Radios supporting US platforms such as the F-16, MH-60R, MH-60S, F/A-18, and foreign military sales including Finland, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and South Korea.
MIDS-LVT was developed by a multinational consortium to provide Link-16 capability at a low weight, volume and cost. Link-16 provides secure, high capacity real-time data communications, ultra high frequency (UHF) and line of sight (LOS) situational awareness and navigation, and in some cases, digital voice and TACAN, all in a jam-resistant, crypto-secured package.
DLS Director Jack Stevens, said: ‘DLS is committed to providing US and coalition warfighters with reliable and protected access to the time-critical information they need to efficiently complete their missions anywhere in the world.’
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