The U.S. Navy has contracted BAE Systems to improve its ability to simultaneously transmit and receive real-time intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data from multiple sources and exchange command and control information across disparate networks.
Under a contract worth up to $84.7 million with options, the U.S. Navy will receive the new network tactical common data link (NTCDL) system.
According to BAE Systems, the NTCDL enhances the Navy’s situational awareness and tactical battlefield advantage through a real-time exchange of voice, data, imagery, and full-motion video from a variety of sources: air, surface, subsurface, and man-portable. With NTCDL, warfighters will be able to support multiple, simultaneous networked operations using currently fielded common data link (CDL) equipment, as well as next-generation manned and unmanned platforms, the company further said.
Initial systems will be installed on Navy aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious ships.
“Our technology enables greater and faster delivery of tactical communications and information-sharing to help the Navy maintain its maritime advantage,” said Brian Walters, vice president and general manager of Electronic Combat Solutions at BAE Systems. “We’re providing a technology that will create a pathway to more advanced capabilities.”
As the program’s prime contractor, BAE Systems will work with partner Ball Aerospace to advance the two companies’ joint Multi Link CDL Systems development efforts. The work will be performed primarily at BAE Systems’ facilities in Wayne, New Jersey and Greenlawn, New York.