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BAE Systems to Provide Interoperable Communications System to U.S. Navy


WAYNE, New Jersey - BAE Systems will provide an interoperable data link system to the U.S. Navy that will collect and transmit in-field intelligence in real time, enhancing the situational awareness and communications capabilities of warfighters.

The company received a $9 million contract for the Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) system, which adheres to the standards and specifications of the Department of Defense’s Common Data Link program. The program establishes compatibility and interoperability requirements between collection platforms and surface terminals across armed services and government agencies.

“The TCDL system provides real-time sensor and targeting information, allowing commanders to quickly assess and respond to threats,” said Joseph McCarthy, vice president of communications and tactical networks for BAE Systems in Wayne, New Jersey.

The TCDL system is based partially on a core technology developed with the Office of Naval Research. The contract will run through March 2011 and includes research, development, and production of nine airborne and ground systems. Work will be performed at BAE Systems in Wayne.

TCDL airborne terminals, installed on Navy manned aircraft, will gather data while flying over battle space. A high-band digital link will transmit the data securely to a command station equipped with a ground TCDL terminal.


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