IDEX 2017

Tactical links to US Navy [IDEX17D3]

21 February 2017

DRS Technologies, a Leonardo company (Stand 06-A03), has been awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract potentially worth more than $20 million to provide the US Navy with updated tactical data exchange systems.

The replacement of the existing Common Shipboard Data Terminal Set portion of the command and control processor system will enable the US Navy to use new technologies that increase bandwidth and extend the transmit and receive ranges of time- critical tactical data. This will enable improved communication and interoperability with allied navies.

The initial five-year award for Link 11/Link 22 tactical data systems is worth $9.3 million. A second five-year option could bring the aggregate value up to $22 million. Link 11 is a netted, digital data link employed by NATO and US armed forces for exchanging tactical information between land-based, airborne and seaborne platforms.

Its main field of operations is the exchange of naval radar track information. Link 22 is an improved system that is planned to ultimately replace Link 11, and complement Link 16.

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