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06/12/08 Data Link Solutions (DLS) awarded MIDS-LVT contract
  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 12, 2008) - 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.

About Data Link Solutions

Data Link Solutions was established in 1996 by two of the world leaders in military communications, BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins, 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 3,000 Link 16 systems delivered. DLS has provided MIDS terminals for more than 40 different platforms in 25 different countries with product offerings that include the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System Class 2 family, the Multi-functional Information Distribution System (MIDS) LVT Low Volume Terminal and LVT-3 Fighter Data Link, the URC-138 Link 16 terminal and various country-unique data links.

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