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Viasat, Data Link Solutions Win Big on U.S. Navy MIDS JTRS Contract

By | May 22, 2020
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DLS’ MIDS-LVT terminal. Photo: DLS

The U.S. Navy selected Viasat and Data Link Solutions (DLS) to participate in a five-year contract worth a potential $999 million contract for each company to produce, retrofit and sustain Multi-functional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) terminals.

MIDS JTRS terminals are line-of-sight, four-channel radio systems designed for secure broadband data and voice transmissions to end-users on the ground, at sea, or in the air.

Viasat will work on the production order for a five-year period ending May 2025. The California-based operator will receive $48.3 million to produce the first MIDS JTRS delivery order, while DLS, a joint venture of BAE Systems and Raytheon’s Collins Aerospace subsidiary, will receive $64.1 million.

This story was first reported on by our sister publication, Defense Daily.