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US Army Takes Delivery of MIDS Low Volume Terminal

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Data Link Solutions
: 31 March, 2010  (Application Story)
Multifunctional Information Distribution System from Data Link Solutions provides Army with ground link for multiple force communications for improved situational awareness
Data Link Solutions (DLS) has successfully delivered its first Multifunctional Information Distribution System – Low Volume Terminal (2) (MIDS-LVT(2)) to the US Army’s Tactical Radio communications Systems office. The delivery follows successful completion of formal US Government witnessed qualification testing and certification of the cryptographic design by the National Security Administration (NSA).

The MIDS-LVT(2) is a completely self-contained mobile system that provides the critical ground link for simultaneous coordination of air, land and maritime forces for situational awareness or command and control from a ground fixed site or mobile application. The terminal offers full Link-16 interoperability with joint US and international forces and consists of four main line replaceable units: the MIDS-LVT terminal, power supply assembly, mounting base and cooling unit.

Link-16, the tactical data link network used by NATO and coalition forces, provides real-time data communications, situational awareness, navigation and, in some cases, digital voice, in a jam-resistant, crypto-secured package. Link-16 users gain situational awareness by exchanging digital data over a common communication link that is continuously and automatically updated in real time.

'Successful qualification and delivery of the MIDS-LVT(2) makes DLS the first company in the world to offer a complete Link-16 systems portfolio,' said DLS Director Mike Beltrani. 'As the premier manufacturer, integrator, and service support provider of all MIDS-LVT variants, DLS is committed to providing the troops with assured, protected access to the time-critical information they need to efficiently complete their missions anywhere in the world.'

The MIDS-LVT(2) is specifically designed for US Army Patriot Information Coordination Central and Battery Command Posts, Forward Area Air Defence Command and Control Units, and surface launched missiles, along with U.S. Air Force Air Operations Centres and Joint Interface Control Officer Support Systems. Future upgrades for the MIDS-LVT(2) include enhanced throughput, frequency re-mapping and crypto modernization.

The qualification and manufacturing effort was performed in Wayne, New Jersey, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with deliveries expected to be completed by December 2010. The MIDS program is managed by the Joint Program Executive Office for the Joint Tactical Radio System MIDS International Program Office in San Diego.
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