ViaSat awarded MIDS JTRS contract
ViaSat has announced that it has been awarded a Full Production and Fielding (FP&F) order valued at $31.5 million for Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) terminals for the US government. The company made the announcement 16 April, 2012.
ViaSat was issued with the award by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). The order was awarded under the MIDS Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract initially executed in March 2010.
According to the company, the MIDS JTRS terminals will be used for for F/A-18E/F, E-8C Joint STARS, and RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft. MIDS JTRS is a joint development of ViaSat and Data Link Solutions and provides a migration path from the MIDS-LVT to a certified, reprogrammable, software-defined radio architecture for tactical data links.
MIDS JTRS adds three programmable channels to the legacy Link-16 and TACAN capabilities of the MIDS-LVT. The three new channels are designed to host future advanced airborne networking waveforms. MIDS JTRS is ‘plug-and-play’ backward compatible with MIDS-LVT so it can easily replace the MIDS-LVT, but remain interoperable.
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