US-based Defence contractor Leonardo DRS has secured orders to provide multiple customers with its Link-11 and Link-22 data terminal sets, along with associated communication equipment, systems and services.
The Link-11 and Link-22 sets are deployed by the US military and other allied military forces to aid the exchange of information among airborne, land-based and shipboard tactical data systems.
The systems can operate in a digital mode with the addition of an optional port, thereby sending information via satellite, wireline and other tactical circuits. They can also support various standard network, station and timing modes.
Link-11 and Link-22 are used as the primary means of exchanging information, including radar tracking data beyond the line of sight.
Leonardo DRS source Jankovich said: “Collectively, these multiple customer orders highlight the trust and relationships that Leonardo DRS has built over 30 years with design, development, and sustainment of this key capability.
“As fielding of Link-22 systems increase, we look forward to working with existing and new customers to provide this new critical tactical data link equipment and support to the warfighter.”
The company will provide data terminal sets and depot support services for both airborne and shipboard operations under the newly signed deals with the US Navy.
A separate order placed by Leonardo subsidiary Selex ES will see data terminal sets deployed on various new vessels as part of the Italian Navy’s fleet renewal programme.
The systems will enable national and coalition partners to share time-sensitive military communications.
An order worth more than $500,000 has been placed by a prime contractor for the delivery of tactical data link gear for an undisclosed customer, based on the positive operational environment performance of the Link-11 system.
The US Air National Guard has also recently placed an order and accepted delivery of data terminal sets in order to replace and upgrade its older Link-11 units.