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BAE Systems readies new data link system for USN

15 December 2017

BAE Systems is developing a new capability that will enable US Navy (USN) ships to simultaneously transmit and receive intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data from multiple sources.

Under the USD81 million contract, BAE Systems’ common data link (iCDL) radio will be integrated to a Ball Aerospace antenna to allow USN battle groups and allies to share large quantities of critical ISR data, such as voice, imagery, and full-motion video, across platforms and networks, BAE Systems’ C4ISR Product Line Director Alan Dewar, told Jane’s .

The company had earlier been awarded the design and development contract for the Network Tactical Common Data Link (NTCDL) in 2016, but a protest delayed the programme until mid-2017.

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