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MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
ViaSat, Data Link receive $123.4M for MIDS JRTS radios
by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017


ViaSat and Data Link Solutions have each received a $123.4 million modification to an existing contract for development and production of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System terminals, the Department of Defense announced on Thursday.

The contract will go toward purchases for the U.S.military and foreign military sales. The work will be performed in Carlsbad, Calif., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Wayne, N.J., and is expected to be completed by June 2020.

The MIDS JTRS is a 4-channel software programmed radio system for use on aircraft such as the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

It is designed as a "plug-and-play" replacement for MIDS-LVT terminals and maintains operability with existing radios. The system is compatible with advanced networking waveforms already in use by the JTRS.

MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Joint Stars aircraft getting communications upgrade
Washington (UPI) Aug 8, 2017
E-8C Joint Stars aircraft of the U.S. Air Force are to receive a radio terminal upgrade from Northrop Grumman, the company announced on Tuesday. The upgrade involves replacing the surveillance aircraft's current radio terminals with Air Force Tactical Receive System-Ruggedized, or AFTRS-R, terminals. The new AFTRS-R provides data feeds from airborne and overhead electronics intel ... read more

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