Navy to spend $95 million on jamproof communications

The Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command has awarded a pair of delivery orders for multifunctional information distribution system terminals, according to a Defense Department statement.

Data Link Solutions LLC, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, joint venture of BAE Systems North America Inc. and Rockwell Collins Inc., won a $48.3 million contract. ViaSat Inc. of Carlsbad, Calif., received a $47.1 million deal.

The low-volume terminals (LVTs) provide secure, high-capacity, digital data and voice communications that are resistant to enemy jamming. They are used in Navy, Air Force and Army communications platforms.

The Navy is purchasing LVT1 terminals, which go into airborne platforms, and LVT2 terminals, which are land-based. ViaSat is the only provider of government-certified LVT2 terminals.

The terminals will go into a variety of platforms, including the F-16, F-18 and Thunderbolt II aircraft, and the Black Hawk helicopter. On land, the terminals will help power a variety of communications, including the Army Tactical Radio Communication System and the Joint Unmanned Combat Air System.

Paul Baca, ViaSat's vice president of tactical data links, said the order was the company's largest award of multifunctional information distribution system terminals.

"In addition, we are very happy with the continued growth of the LVT2 market for U.S. and coalition tactical systems," Baca said. "The unique features and interfaces in LVT2 make it ideal for ground-based and other non-fighter installations."

Included in the two Navy orders are purchases for the governments of Belgium, Canada, Japan, Poland, Switzerland and Taiwan. The Navy expects delivery to be completed by May 2006.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close

Trending

  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Our databases track awards back to 2013. Read More

  • Navigating the trends and issues of 2016 Nick Wakeman

    In our latest WT Insider Report, we pull together our best advice, insights and reporting on the trends and issues that will shape the market in 2016 and beyond. Read More

contracts DB

Washington Technology Daily

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.