Data Link Solutions, a joint venture ofÂ BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins, has received a potentialÂ $19.4 million contract from the U.S. Navy‘s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command to update tacticalÂ communication systems forÂ the F-16 fleet of U.S. foreign military customers.
DLS said MondayÂ it will produce Multifunctional Information Distribution System – Low Volume Terminals for the aircraftÂ program’s Link 16 infrastructure.
MIDS-LVT is designed to provide real-time data communications, situational navigation, digital voice and tactical air navigation system in aÂ crypto-secured package.
â€œThe F-16 aircraft conducts vital air-to-air and air-to-ground missions for the air forces of our allies,â€ said Doug Schmidt, director of DLS.
The contract includesÂ a $7.7 million option for additional MIDS-LVT terminals and work will occur in Wayne, New Jersey, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The San Diego, California-based MIDS International Program Office developed MIDS-LVT to provide a high-speed tactical data link to U.S. and NATO allies.
DLSÂ supplies Link 16 terminals and software and performs logistics and support services for air, land and sea-based platforms.