Military Embedded Systems

Sharklink communications system to be delivered to U.S. Navy


July 09, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Cubic photo.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. Cubic Corporation announced its Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division won a sole source, five year contract worth approximately $9 million, from Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) for the production of Communication Data Link System – Technical Refresh (CDLS-TR) equipment.

Under the contract, Cubic will deliver its Sharklink system for use on two CVN aircraft carriers. Sharklink is designed to be a high-performance, surface data terminal that supports secure, long range, high data rate communications with airborne and shipboard platforms.

Sharklink is designed to have a flexible architecture to support growth for up to eight simultaneous links and a software defined radio architecture to support current and future CDL waveforms planned for use by the U.S. Navy. Sharklink’s real-time imagery, full-motion video, audio, and sensor data are intended to be instantly available to provide ships with the information they need for operations ranging from humanitarian relief to surface combat.

This contract is a follow-on to the development contract which Cubic was awarded in 2017. The initial Sharklink systems are currently being installed on the USS Nimitz and USS Carl Vinson.


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