ViaSat deploys end-to-end Link 16 comms system on Canadian naval frigates

CARLSBAD, Calif. Broadband services and technology company ViaSat announced that it has delivered an end-to-end Link 16 communications system to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for its Halifax-class frigates.

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This system upgrade will enable the RCN to more effectively communicate with U.S., NATO, and other allied forces through Link 16 interoperability; Link 16 is the NATO standard tactical data exchange network through  which military aircraft, ships and ground forces exchange their tactical picture in near-real time. Link 16 also supports the exchange of text messages, imagery data, and digital voice traffic.

ViaSat's end-to-end Link 16 system supports the RCN multilink capability using integrated shipboard racks outfitted with the support equipment required to fully operate the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Low Volume Terminal (LVT) (4) technology, an advanced, antijam data and voice communications system. The complete Link 16 system installed on the Canadian frigates also includes specialized cabling to interface with Link 22 capabilities for future support and additional updates to the fleet's communications.

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