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RCN begins Halifax frigate communications upgrade

18 September 2017

ViaSat has delivered a Link 16 communications system to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for installation aboard approximately 12 Halifax-class frigates. The upgrade will enable the RCN to communicate with United States, NATO, and other allied forces through Link 16 interoperability.

To maintain pace with current and evolving threats, particularly in areas of higher maritime traffic density and in proximity to coastal threats, the RCN undertook a fleet-wide Halifax-class frigate communications upgrade using the Link 16 waveform, ViaSat said in a 5 September statement.

The company was selected to provide an end-to-end communications package that supports a Canadian multilink capability using integrated shipboard racks outfitted with critical support equipment required to fully operate the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Low Volume Terminal (LVT) (4) technology.

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