WAYNE, New Jersey (May 14, 2012) - Data Link Solutions
(DLS), a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE
Systems, has been awarded a $25.8 million contract by the
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) for the
First Full Production & Fielding (FP&F) of
Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint
Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) Terminals for the U.S.
Navy F/A-18 E/F (Super Hornet), Navy Lab, and NAVSUP
(Navy Supply), and U.S. Air Force E-8 (JSTARS), RC-135
(Rivet Joint), EC-130E (Senior Scout), EC-130H (Compass
Call), Air Force Participating Test Unit, and Warner
"This is an outstanding achievement for Data Link
Solutions and the entire MIDS JTRS team," said DLS
Director Jack Stevens. "With the completion of
operational testing and approval to enter into full
production, we now have a MIDS JTRS software defined
terminal meeting today's warfighter needs with
built-in growth capability for the future."
The MIDS JTRS is a four-channel terminal that includes
Link-16 capability with the ability to incorporate
additional networking waveforms as they become available.
This growth capability is significant for the warfighter,
as it allows additional tactical data link and voice
solutions to be added to the system in the future.
Link-16 provides real-time data communications,
situational awareness and navigation, and digital voice,
all fully integrated and supplied to the customer in a
jam-resistant, crypto secured package.
MIDS JTRS is a cooperative, competitive development
effort between Data Link Solutions, a joint venture of
Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, and ViaSat.
About Data Link Solutions
Data Link Solutions was established in 1996 by two of the
world leaders in military communications, Rockwell
Collins and BAE Systems, to pursue next generation Link
16 applications. DLS is a leading supplier of Link 16
terminals and software, as well as logistics and support
services for air, land and sea-based platforms with a
heritage of more than 20 years of Link 16 design and
production experience with more than 5,000 Link 16
systems delivered worldwide. DLS has provided MIDS
terminals for more than 40 different platforms in 31
countries with product offerings that include the Joint
Tactical Information Distribution System Class 2 family,
the Multi-functional Information Distribution System
(MIDS) LVT and LVT-3 Fighter Data Link, MIDS LVT-2,
MIDS-On-Ship, the URC-138 Link 16 terminal, and various
country-unique data links. DLS is the only company to
provide all LVT variants including the Fighter Data Link,
the LVT-2/11 and MIDS-JTRS as part of its portfolio.