L-3 Communication Systems-West has won a $6.7 million contract modification to provide a ship-to-helicopter digital data link for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Wednesday.
According to John Keller's post, the contract from the Naval Air Systems Command involves five orders of Common Data Link Hawklink AN/SRQ-4 radio terminal sets.
Work will run through May 2015 in in Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Mountain View, Exeter and other locations, the report said.
The shipboard-side system allows Navy Arleigh Burke class destroyers, Ticonderoga class cruisers and Perry class frigates to communicate acoustic, radar, video and other real-time information with MH-60R surveillance helicopter pilots.
The ruggedized AN/SRQ-4 is designed to provide command and control based on open-systems architectures, has sensor data transfer capability, is compatible with anti-ship surveillance and targeting missions, and is IP-enabled.