Data Link Solutions (DLS) has secured a contract from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) to produce, develop, and sustain multifunctional information distribution system joint tactical radio systems (MIDS JTRS) terminals.
The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract awarded to DLS, a joint venture between BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins, has a maximum potential of $478.6m.
MIDS JTRS is designed to improve battlefield communications for joint, coalition, and international troops.
The terminals will allow command to communicate with forces by voice, video, and data links over a line-of-sight, jam-resistant channel across ground, air, and naval assets.
Data Link Solutions director Jack Stevens said: "MIDS JTRS is a force enabler providing the Allied warfighter tomorrow’s technology today.
"This contract enables DLS to continue its leadership position in Link 16 airborne networking and provides soldiers with the latest certified, reprogrammable, software-defined radio architecture for tactical data links."
The solution is a networked communications system, which delivers a single chassis, multiple-channel radio.
The radio minimises the number of different and unique radios needed on the battlefield and also transforms a MIDS terminal into a four-channel JTRS radio that maintains current Link 16 and tactical air navigation (TACAN) functionality.
Work under this contract, which is expected to be completed by June 2020, will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Wayne, New Jersey, US.
The new contract will combine purchases for US Armed Services, as well as other governments, including Austria, Chile, Finland, Israel, Jordan, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, and South Korea.
It also includes Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, Australia, New Zealand, Nato, and all Nato nations.