Military Embedded Systems

BATS-D handheld Link 16 radio released by Viasat


October 07, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Viasat photo.

CARLSBAD, Calif. Viasat Inc., a global communications company, announced it has released a new configuration of its handheld Link 16 Battlefield Awareness and Targeting System – Dismounted (BATS-D) radio.

According to the company, the new version is intended to add security features to address emerging and expanded threats associated with the diverse operational use cases and new deployment scenarios where the radio will be utilized.

Viasat also claims that this configuration has been certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) for immediate use by U.S. General Purpose Forces (GPF), Five Eyes (FVEY) partner nations, and coalition forces.

BATS-D is a handheld Link 16 radio designed to bridge a gap between air and ground forces by providing warfighters with secure access to integrated air and ground information for improved situational awareness and enhanced close air support communications. The BATS-D handheld Link 16 radio is known to the U.S. Department of Defense as the AN/PRC-161. 

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