Cedar Rapids (Feb. 9, 2012) – Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture of Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, has been awarded a $5.5 million contract to provide Multifunctional Information Distribution System - Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVTs) for the Republic of Korea Air Force. Deliveries began in late 2011 and will continue through 2014. The terminals will be installed on F-16 fighters. Work will be performed in Wayne, N.J., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
“This contract enables a critical military requirement for the Republic of Korea Air Force F-16s to meet their data link network requirements,” said DLS Director Mike Beltrani.
MIDS-LVT was developed by a multinational consortium to provide Link 16 capability at a lower weight, volume and cost. MIDS-LVT provides real-time data communications, situational awareness and navigation, digital voice and TACAN, all in a jam-resistant, crypto-secured package.
The MIDS program is managed by the U.S. Navy MIDS Program Office in San Diego, Calif.
About Data Link Solutions
Data Link Solutions was established in 1996 by two of the world leaders in military communications, Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, 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 5,000 Link 16 systems delivered worldwide. DLS has provided MIDS terminals for more than 40 different platforms in 28 countries with product offerings that include the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System Class 2 family, the Multi-functional Information Distribution System (MIDS) LVT and LVT-3 Fighter Data Link, MIDS LVT-2, MIDS-On-Ship, the URC-138 Link 16 terminal, and various country-unique data links. DLS is the only company to provide all LVT variants including the Fighter Data Link and the LVT-2/11 and has added MIDS-JTRS to its offerings.