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8/13/08 Data Link Solutions to support U.K. military communication terminals

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (August 13, 2008) - The U.K. Ministry of Defence has selected Data Link Solutions (DLS) to provide post-design engineering and logistics support services for Link 16 communications terminals.

Under a $12.2 million contract, Data Link Solutions - a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems - will provide support services for Link 16 products installed on several platforms, including the Royal Air Force E-3, Tornado, and Typhoon; Royal Navy Sea King helicopter and Type 42 destroyers; and the U.K. Air Defense Ground Environment. The contract covers multiple DLS products including the Joint Tactical Information Distribution Systems, URC-138 Sea Harrier/Sea King terminal, Multifunctional Information Distribution System low-volume terminals, and related support equipment.   

"Our collaboration with the Ministry of Defence is an effective approach to accelerating return-to-service turnaround time of Link 16 equipment, maximizing readiness and reducing life-cycle costs," said Jim Pitts, DLS director. "DLS will provide the MoD with in-country, intermediate-level Link 16 terminal repairs, training, spares management, test equipment, and engineering support."

Link 16 provides real-time data communications, situational awareness, navigation, and in some cases, digital voice, all 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. Each participant in the communication link is able to electronically "see" the battle space, including assigned targets and threats.

As part of the U.K. support program, DLS is establishing a Link 16 repair center in Waddington, U.K. This facility is a part of DLS's strategy to create local and regional support centers to serve Link 16 customers worldwide.

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 countries, with product offerings that include the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System Class 2 family, the Multi-Functional Information Distribution System 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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Dave Gosch

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