WAYNE, N.J.--BAE Systems has been awarded a contract worth up to $84.7 million to provide the U.S. Navy with the 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. Known as the Network Tactical Common Data Link (NTCDL) System, this new technology will allow the Navy to share large quantities of critical ISR data across platforms and networks.
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. 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.”
NTCDL is a modular, scalable system designed to increase link capacity and embrace waveform evolution. The technology uses an open systems architecture with non-proprietary interfaces, and is reprogrammable so that it can adapt to new and evolving mission needs.
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.