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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Data Link Solutions has received a $28 million contract for secure digital data and voice communications equipment from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), San Diego.

The Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) provide secure, high-capacity, jam-resistant digital data and voice communications capability for aircraft, ships, and ground applications. This order is for LVT airborne terminals to be used on U.S. platforms and by the governments of Belgium, Japan, and Poland via Foreign Military Sales.

MIDS-LVT was developed by a multinational consortium to provide Link 16 capability at a lower weight, volume, and cost. Link 16 provides real-time data communications, situational awareness and navigation, and in some cases digital voice, all in a jam-resistant, crypto-secured package.

This award is part of a long-term program designed to meet the requirements of U.S. and allied forces for communications among airborne, shipboard, and ground forces. The terminals will be installed on the U.S. Navy F/A-18 and EA-6B, U.S. Air Force F-16, B-1, B-2 and B-52, on shipboard and foreign platforms.

Work will be performed in Wayne, New Jersey and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is expected to be completed by May 2009. The MIDS program is managed by the U.S. Navy MIDS Program Office in San Diego.

About Data Link Solutions
Data Link Solutions was established in 1996 by two of the world leaders in military communications, BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins, to pursue the next generation Link 16 applications. DLS is a leading supplier of Link 16 terminals and software, as well as logistics and support services for air, land, and sea-based platforms with a heritage of more than 20 years of Link 16 design and production experience with more than 3,000 Link 16 systems delivered. DLS has provided MIDS terminals for more than 25 different platforms in 20 different countries with product offerings that include the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System Class 2 family, the Multi-functional Information Distribution System LVT Low Volume Terminal and LVT-3 Fighter Data Link, the URC-138 Link 16 terminal, and various country-unique data links.

Media contacts:
Keith Lewis, BAE Systems
Tel: 858-675-5965 Mobile: 858-472-6958

Pam Tvrdy, Rockwell Collins

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