Viasat and Data Link Solutions to supply Australia with Joint tactical radio systems
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on April 19 that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of Defense articles related to Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of $42 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
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Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) (Picture source: Viasat/Data Link)
The Government of Australia has requested to buy one hundred and six (106) Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) (5) terminals; fifteen (15) MIDS JTRS (6) terminals; and seven (7) Multifunctional Information Distribution System MIDS-Low Volume Terminal (MIDS-LVT) (4) Block Upgrade Two (BU2) retrofit kits. Also included are Low Volume Terminal (LVT) Cryptographic Modules (LCM). The estimated total value is $42 million.
The principal contractors will be Viasat, Carlsbad, CA; and Data Link Solutions, Cedar Rapids, IA. Implementation of the proposed sale may require U.S. Government and contractor personnel to visit Australia on a temporary basis in conjunction with program technical oversight and support requirements, including program and technical reviews.
Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) terminal. (Picture source: BAE Systems)