Data Link Solutions to continue upgrading cryptography and data throughput of MIDS-LVT secure communications

July 25, 2019
The MIDS-LVT block upgrade II project involves crypto-modernization, enhanced throughput, and frequency remapping for secure voice and data communications.

SAN DIEGO – Secure communications experts at Data Link Solutions in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will continue with a project to modernize cryptography and enhance data throughput in a U.S. military secure digital data and voice communications system under terms of a $62.3 million order announced Wednesday.

Officials of the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWARSYSCOM) in San Diego are asking Data Link Solutions for the block upgrade II retrofit of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT).

The MIDS-LVT system provides provide high-capacity, jam-resistant digital data and voice secure communications capability for aircraft, ships, and ground applications. Data Link Solutions is a joint venture of the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Wayne, N.J., and Collins Aerospace in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The MIDS-LVT block upgrade II involves crypto-modernization, enhanced throughput, and frequency remapping requirements.

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MIDS-LVT was developed to provide Link 16 capability at a relatively low 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, crypto-secured, information security package.

This order is part of a long-term program designed to meet the requirements of U.S. and allied forces for communications among airborne, shipboard, and ground forces. The terminals are being installed on the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F, U.S. Air Force F-16, B-1, B-2 and B-52, and on U.S. and allied naval ships.

On this order Data Link Solutions will do the work in Wayne, N.J., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and should be finished by December 2027. For more information contact Data Link Solutions online at, or NAVWARSYSCOM at

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