ViaSat awarded second limited production order for MIDS JTRS terminals
ViaSat Inc. has been awarded a Limited Production order valued at $6.8 million for Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) terminals for the US government. The award resulted from a competitive procurement through 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. The MIDS JTRS terminals are for F/A-18E/F, RC-135 Rivet Joint, and EC-130H Compass Call aircraft.
MIDS JTRS is a joint development of ViaSat and Data Link Solutions and provides a migration path from the MIDS-Low Volume Terminal (LVT) to a certified, reprogrammable, software-defined radio architecture for tactical data links. The terminal has completed contractor and government qualification testing, and received the following certifications:
-- Software Communications Architecture (SCA) compliance
-- Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) certification
-- Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) interoperability
-- NSA security certification.
ViaSat expects to enter full production and fielding in 2011. The 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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