Microwave Journal

Data Link Solutions Awarded $48.3 M for MIDS Terminals

September 14, 2004

Data Link Solutions, a BAE Systems/Rockwell Collins joint venture, has been awarded a $49.3 M delivery order to provide Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) low volume terminals to the US Navy Space and Naval Warfare System Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego, CA. The MIDS terminals will provide secure, high capacity, jam resistant voice and data communications capabilities for the US and allied forces. These terminals will be installed on F/A-18, F-16, EA-6B, MH-60 and B-2 aircrafts in the US and aboard a variety of aircrafts in Switzerland, Poland, Belgium and Taiwan. The DLS order for additional terminals is part of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract that was awarded in January 2000 and brings the total number of terminals ordered to more than 800 under this contract. For this award, DLS won 59 percent of the competitive US requirements based on award selection criteria including terminal price, field performance and support of previously delivered MIDS terminals and supplier’s delivery past performance. DLS has delivered over 1400 MIDS terminals to various domestic and international customers. Link 16 provides real time, jam resistant secure transfer of combat data, voice and relative navigation information between widely dispersed battle elements. Participants 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 or threats.