Data Link Solutions Delivers Final Fighter Data Link Terminal to USAF
(Source: Rockwell Collins; issued June 10, 2004)
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa --- Data Link Solutions (DLS), a BAE Systems/Rockwell Collins company, has completed deliveries of Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Fighter Data Link (FDL) terminals under a fixed price production contract awarded by the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego, Calif. in September 1996.

A total of 832 FDL terminals, providing secure, high capacity, jam-resistant data communications capabilities, were delivered under this effort. The terminals were procured for deployment on a number of U.S. Air Force platforms including F-15A, B, C, D, and E, X-45 UCAV and KC-135 Tanker aircraft as part of the Roll On Beyond Line-of-Sight Equipment (ROBE) program.

The DLS FDL terminals were the first variant of MIDS production terminals to be certified for use and the first to be deployed in operational service on missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In support of the deliveries to F-15’s, DLS reached a production rate of 32 terminals per month to meet customer demands, the highest output rate of production deliveries of any MIDS supplier. DLS continues low rate production of FDL terminals in support of foreign military sales and direct commercial sales orders. More than 14 countries have selected and installed Link-16 terminals on 19 platforms.

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, reducing the chance of fratricide, duplicate assignments or missed targets. Each participant in the communication link is able to electronically see the battle space, including assigned targets or threats.

Data Link Solutions (DLS) was established in 1996 by BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins to pursue the next generation Link 16 applications. With a heritage of more than 20 years of design and production experience of over 2,000 systems, DLS today is a leading supplier of Link 16 terminals and systems integration, software, logistics and support services for air, land and sea-based platforms. Its product offerings include the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) Class 2 family, the Multi-functional Information Distribution System (MIDS) LVT-1 Low Volume terminal and MIDS Fighter Data Link (FDL), and the URC-138 SHAR (U.K. Sea Harrier/Sea King) Link 16 terminal.

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