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Viasat integrates CMR into Link 16 products

17th April 2019 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Viasat has successfully integrated concurrent multiple reception (CMR) capabilities into its line of next-generation Link 16 products, the company announced on 10 April.

The work will support US military requirements for CMR capabilities in Link 16 products in order to enhance communications and reduce network congestion on Link 16 networks. CMR enables a Link 16 radio to receive multiple messages simultaneously versus legacy radios that can only receive one message at a time.

The integration of CMR advancements into the Link 16 products will give personnel access to mission-critical information when using Link 16 communications, regardless of location (air, land or sea) or platform (aircraft, ground vehicle, ship or dismounted).

The CMR features have now been implemented in the latest version of the KOR-24A small tactical terminal as well as the AN/PRC-161 Battlefield Awareness and Targeting System – Dismounted handheld Link 16 radio. These features, coupled with Link 16 enhanced throughput modes, will enable network planners to fully optimise network performance.

Viasat's CMR Link 16 capabilities will also allow US military users to expand the number of units with direct digital access to key tactical data while also addressing network congestion in order to adapt to emerging mission requirements.

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