Link 16 networking for fighter aircraft and
For more than 20 years, the Viasat Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems (MIDS) have formed the backbone of the Link 16 network across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the international coalition. The MIDS-LVT(1) is intended to support theater-level air-to-air fighter exchanges, while the MIDS-LVT(2)/(11) is designed for use in ground stations.
Through use of reprogrammable components and a modular architecture, Viasat provides a lower cost design while also allowing for flexibility of future requirements. Our terminals enable all operational modes of the Link 16 waveform, and implement the required MIDS host interfaces for both U.S. and coalition integration.
Viasat terminals implement the latest technology enhancements including Crypto Modernization, Link 16 Enhanced Throughput (LET), Concurrent Contention Receive (CCR) and Concurrent Multi Net 4
Together with Harris and Hensoldt, Viasat is delivering a family of combat-proven, fully qualified, and EMC-Certified Link 16 MIDS terminals to U.S. Forces and coalition partners under contracts to the Navy MIDS International Program Office (IPO) and other commercial customers. Viasat Link 16 MIDS terminals are fielded on a range of military stations and aircraft, including:
With Block Upgrade 2 (BU2), Viasat implements advanced Link 16 functions of Enhanced Throughput (ET), Cryptographic Modernization Initiative (CMI), and Frequency Remapping (FR). BU2 capabilities ensure that MIDS-LVT terminals remain interoperable with platforms that utilize other modernized Link 16 terminals and radios, such as the MIDS JTRS, STT, and BATS-D AN/PRC-161, which are enabling new concepts of operation throughout the U.S. DoD and International Coalition.
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