Digital Battlespace

BATS-D authorised for use by partner forces

27th August 2018 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Viasat’s Battlefield Awareness and Targeting System-Dismounted (BATS-D) handheld Link 16 radio has been authorised by the National Security Agency (NSA) for use by international military forces.

Designated AN/PRC-161 by the US Department of Defense, the system is now authorised for use by Five Eyes partners – Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK - and coalition forces.

The AN/PRC-161 BATS-D handheld radio has been designed to bridge a critical gap between air and ground forces by providing secure and reliable access to integrated air and ground data for improved situational awareness capabilities and enhanced close air support communications.

Security advancements in the AN/PRC-161 BATS-D handheld Link 16 radio, including Type 1 encryption, allow for seamless interoperability with other Link 16 radios such as the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Low Volume Terminal, MIDS Joint Tactical Radio System and KOR-24A Small Tactical Terminal.

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