Link 16

September 22, 2021

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is awarded a $30,919,420 firm-price-incentive-fee contract to procure 25 Link 16 B kits; three Link 16 B kit spares; and two Link 16 flight training device B kits in support of UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopter modification efforts for the Navy.  This contract also provides Link-16 systems engineering, program management, and logistics support.  Work will be performed in Woodland Hills, California (92%); and San Diego, California (8%), and is expected to be completed in September 2023. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $30,919,420 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

July 27, 2021

DRS Laurel Technologies, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is awarded a $28,896,216 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N0002420C5605 to exercise options for Consoles, Displays, and Peripherals Technical Insertion 16 hardware, to support the Navy’s future surface ship combat systems. Work will be performed in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and is expected to complete July 2022.

April 1, 2020
By Eric E. Johnson, Ph.D., PE
Cpl. Jacob Worshan, USMC, holds an antenna during a long distance, high frequency communications training event held on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan. This training between 1st and 3rd Marine Division helps the units maintain a low electromagnetic signature that is virtually impervious to jamming and interference, which allows for distributed operations without detection in the operating environment.  Photo by Lance Cpl. Christian Ayers, USMC

Concerns are growing about warfighters’ ability to communicate mission-critical information beyond line-of-sight in conflicts with peer and near-peer adversaries. Just in time, a new generation of highly capable high frequency radios is emerging as a viable solution when satellite communications are denied or unavailable. Fourth-generation wideband high frequency radios can satisfy military needs with the century-old wireless technology that is experiencing a resurgence of interest from warfighters worldwide.

December 17, 2019

ViaSat Inc., Carlsbad, California, has been awarded a $93,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide AN/PRC-161 Handheld Link 16 radios, ancillaries and associated training to special warfare operators. Work will be performed at Carlsbad, California, and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2023. The contract is awarded on a non-competitive basis. Fiscal 2020 other procurement funds are being used and no funds are being obligated at the time of the award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8629-20-D-5000).

April 17, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
Ground operations are the new frontier for Link 16 systems. Unlike their larger airborne and naval predecessors, these nodes spend more time receiving transmissions from platforms such as aircraft. Credit: ViaSat

Communications requirements are changing in tandem with new modes of military battlefield requirements. Until a few years ago, voice had been the predominant communications medium. Variable message format messages were adopted as the digitally aided close air support standard, however even with a concerted effort by the U.S. Defense Department to standardize requirements, there continues to be longstanding issues with interoperability, including significant loss of key data and slow refresh rates. 

December 2, 2016

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded $29,867,702 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 1001 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-0001) to integrate a Link 16 Tactical Datalink capability into 73 Radar variant AV-8B Harrier aircraft in support of the Marine Corps, including terminal kits and accompanying aircraft wiring and installation hardware kits. Work will be performed in Carlsbad, California (70 percent); St.

July 12, 2013
George I. Seffers


October 7, 2011
By George Seffers

The Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $13,666,395 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the development, integration and test tasks services in support of non-Command and Control Link 16 functionality. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

May 9, 2011
By George Seffers

Scalable Network Technologies (SNT) Incorporated recently  announced that the company was awarded a contract to support the acquisition and enhancement of Joint Tactical Radio System Network Emulator for use by numerous U.S. Defense Department programs and agencies. The contract from the Joint Program Executive Office for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS) is a follow-on to previous Army and Navy efforts with SNT, with an estimated value of $11 million.

February 9, 2011
By George Seffers

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Incorporated, Wayne, New Jersey, is being awarded a potential $24 million contract for Link 16 software in-service support for the Joint Program Executive Office, Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Network Enterprise Domain. Support efforts include technical support, software maintenance/upgrades, and enhancements to baseline JTRS Link-16 software. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

November 3, 2010
By George Seffers

Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, has been awarded a $37 million contract from the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command to upgrade its Joint Tactical Information Distribution Systems (JTIDS) radio terminals. JTIDS terminals provide jam-resistant digital communication of data and voice for command and control, navigation, relative positioning and identification. DLS will incorporate cryptographic modernization and frequency remapping upgrades into fielded JTIDS Class 2 terminals.

September 10, 2010
By George Seffers

Data Link Solutions Limited Liability Company, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a potential $37 million contract to implement Link 16 network modifications in the legacy Link 16 Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) terminals.  Modifications for JTIDS terminal variants consist of crypto modernization and frequency remapping. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.