The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is to implement the Hawklink Ku-band digital datalink system on major surface fleet units, informed sources told Jane's on 10 October.
When operational, the 10 MB per second uni-directional Hawklink system will enable the real-time transmission to the ships of high-definition video, radar and acoustic sensor data from the RAN’s MH-60R naval helicopters.
All 24 of the MH-60Rs, the first of which entered RAN service in 2014, were delivered with Hawklink functionality but RAN ships have yet to be equipped to receive data from the system. This will involve appropriate antennas and integration of the Hawklink data into the ships’ combat systems.
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