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Link 16 Next-Gen Tactical Data Links radio production increased by Viasat

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January 27, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Link 16 Next-Gen Tactical Data Links radio production increased by Viasat
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CARLSBAD, Calif. Viasat Inc., a global communications company, announced it increased production run rates to over 200 Non-Developmental Item (NDI) Link 16 Next-Generation Tactical Data Links radios per month to meet current interest and pending orders from U.S. and international defense customers.

According to the company, Viasat is seeing surge interest in its Battlefield Awareness Targeting System-Embedded (BATS-E) Link 16 radios, which are designed to provide network connectivity and access for a variety of unmanned platforms to view, relay, and share situational awareness data for more accurate tracking, identification, and engagement.

The company claims it is on track to build 25 BATS-E radios per month to meet near-term demand from U.S. and global military forces — with an ability to go higher if demand requires.

The Company's other NDI Link 16 radios, the AN/PRC-161 Battlefield Awareness Targeting System-Dismounted (BATS-D) and KOR-24A Small Tactical Terminal (STT), round out the production levels to run rates totaling over 200 radios per month.

 

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