Thought Leadership

A New Era in Close Air Support: Revolutionary Handheld Link 16 Capability

21 January 2018

In the chaos of combat, you only have seconds to identify a friend from foe before deciding whether or not to engage. Whether you are a single dismounted warfighter or a pilot supporting the fight from the sky, you can now see a complete air/ground Link 16 picture with all operators and assets accounted for—even at the most remote edges of the battlefield. Part of Viasat’s family of next-generation tactical data links, the Battlefield Awareness Targeting System–Dismounted (BATS-D) AN/PRC-161 handheld radio removes mission uncertainty and quickens the pace of battle by instantly and accurately sharing the location of dismounted and enemy forces from the ground directly to Close Air Support pilots and other Link 16 operators.

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