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Improved data links for F-16 FMS

21st December 2016 - 15:30 by The Shephard News Team

Foreign military sales customers for the US F-16 aircraft are to benefit from improved tactical Link 16 communication capabilities for the aircraft.

Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems joint venture, Data Link Solutions, has been awarded an $11.7 million contract by the US Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command for the production of Multifunctional Information Distribution System - Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) for the F-16 Link 16 programme, and the option of $7.7 million for additional MIDS-LVT terminals.

MIDS-LVT was developed by the MIDS International Program Office to provide Link 16 capability at a lower weight, volume and cost. Link 16 is a secure, high-speed tactical data link used by the US and NATO allies. 

MIDS-LVT provides real-time data communications, situational awareness and navigation, digital voice and TACAN, in a jam-resistant, crypto-secured package.

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