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Rockwell Collins - new realtime situational awarenes system

Rockwell Collins : 24 September, 2009  (Company News)
Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture of Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, will provide real-time situational awareness to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and coalition forces under two recent awards for Multifunctional Information Distribution System Low-Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT).
Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture of Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, will provide real-time situational awareness to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and coalition forces under two recent awards for Multifunctional Information Distribution System Low-Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT).

The supplemental awards from the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command are in addition to the first DLS Lot 10 contract announced in June 2009 and have a combined value of $15.4 million. The total value of the DLS Lot 10 contract is now $44.1 million.

MIDS-LVT was developed by a multinational consortium to provide Link 16 capability at a lower weight, volume and cost. Link 16 provides real-time data communications, situational awareness and navigation and, in some cases, digital voice, all in a jam-resistant, crypto-secured package.

The awards include terminals for other U.S. platforms such as Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN), F/A-18 Hornet, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and Foreign Military Sales. Specifically, Pakistan has designated DLS as the MIDS-LVT terminal provider for its F-16 aircraft fleet. Additionally, Saudi Arabia has increased its directed source award to DLS. The additional terminals will be installed on U.S. and international platforms including the F-16 and Typhoon.

'This contract broadens DLS' base in the Mideast with Saudi Arabia and the inclusion of Pakistan -- pivotal players in the region and our partners for peace,' said Steve Overbeck, DLS Director. 'Both countries now will be assured of access to all the MIDS family of products and ancillary equipment.'

The awards also include additional MIDS LVT-2/11 Terminals for U.S. applications and customers including the Air Force Participating Test Unit (AFPTU), Submarine Integration Program Office PMW 770 and Pocket J ground stations. The MIDS LVT-2/11 is specifically designed for U.S. Army Patriot Information Coordination Central and Battery Command Posts, Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control Units, and surface launched missiles.
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