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Rockwell Collins Data Link Solutions (DLS) awarded MIDS-LVT contract

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Rockwell Collins
: 14 June, 2008  (New Product)
Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture of Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, has been selected to provide two types of Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) to U.S. and coalition forces. A contract, valued at $18.7 million, was awarded by the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).
Under the contract, DLS will provide the MIDS LVT-2/11 and MIDS LVT-1 terminals. The MIDS LVT-2/11 is specifically designed for U.S. Army Patriot Information Coordination Central (ICC) and Battery Command Posts, Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control Units (FAAD C2) and surface launched missiles, along with U.S. Air Force Air Operations Centers and Joint Interface Control Officer Support Systems. Future upgrades for the LVT-2/11 terminal include enhanced throughput, frequency remapping and crypto modernization.

'With the addition of the LVT-2/11, DLS becomes the first company in the world to offer a complete Link 16 systems portfolio,' said DLS Director Bob Gabel. 'As the premier manufacturer, integrator and service support provider of all MIDS-LVT variants, DLS is committed to providing the warfighter assured, protected access to the time-critical information they need to efficiently complete their missions anywhere in the world.'

The MIDS LVT-1 terminals will be used on U.S. platforms and, through Foreign Military Sales (FMS), in Belgium, Hungary, Japan and Poland. MIDS LVT-1 terminals provide a secure, high-capacity, jam-resistant digital data and voice communications capability.

This award is part of a long-term program designed to meet the requirements of U.S. and allied forces for seamless communications among airborne, shipboard and ground forces, as well as command and control elements. Work will be performed in Wayne, N.J., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is expected to be completed by December 2009. The MIDS program is managed by the U.S. Navy MIDS International Program Office (IPO) in San Diego, Calif.

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.
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