Released under the GIC Framework
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (September 23, 2009) – Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture
of Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, will provide real-time situational awareness to Pakistan,
Saudi Arabia and coalition forces under two recent awards for Multifunctional Information
Distribution System Low-Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT).
The supplemental awards from the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
are in addition to the first DLS Lot 10 contract announced in June 2009 and have a combined
value of $15.4 million. The total value of the DLS Lot 10 contract is now $44.1 million.
MIDS-LVT was developed by a multinational consortium to provide Link 16 capability at a
lower weight, volume and cost. Link 16 provides real-time data communications, situational
awareness and navigation and, in some cases, digital voice, all in a jam-resistant, cryptosecured package.
The awards include terminals for other U.S. platforms such as Battlefield Airborne
Communications Node (BACN), F/A-18 Hornet, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and Foreign Military
Sales. Specifically, Pakistan has designated DLS as the MIDS-LVT terminal provider for its F-
16 aircraft fleet. Additionally, Saudi Arabia has increased its directed source award to DLS. The
additional terminals will be installed on U.S. and international platforms including the F-16 and
“This contract broadens DLS’ base in the Mideast with Saudi Arabia and the inclusion of
Pakistan -- pivotal players in the region and our partners for peace,” said Steve Overbeck, DLS
Director. “Both countries now will be assured of access to all the MIDS family of products and
The awards also include additional MIDS LVT-2/11 Terminals for U.S. applications and
customers including the Air Force Participating Test Unit (AFPTU), Submarine Integration
Program Office PMW 770 and Pocket J ground stations. The MIDS LVT-2/11 is specifically
designed for U.S. Army Patriot Information Coordination Central and Battery Command Posts,
Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control Units, and surface launched missiles.
Work will be performed in Wayne, N.J., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is expected to be
completed by December 2010. The MIDS program is managed by the U.S. Navy MIDS
Program Office in San Diego, Calif.