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Cubic to provide TCDL for Watchkeeper

14th July 2016 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) has received a three-year extension award of $1.4 million from UAV Tactical Systems (U-TacS) to provide additional Tactical Common Data Links (TCDLs) for the Watchkeeper programme, the company announced on 11 July.

The UK Ministry of Defence’s Watchkeeper programme provides intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) to British armed forces.

Cubic’s TCDL serves as the wireless connection for the transfer of images and data from the UAS to ground control stations. The TCDL makes use of digital signal processing to accept and process sensor data generated by the air vehicle for transmission to ground commanders. A simultaneous uplink transmits control commands to the air vehicle and its payload.

U-TacS is responsible for the development, manufacture, integration and test flights of Watchkeeper's subsystems, including UAS, ground control station and other systems.

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