Military Embedded Systems

Viasat integrates Concurrent Multiple Reception capabilities to its Link 16 products


April 17, 2019

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

CARLSBAD, Calif. Viasat Inc. engineers added Concurrent Multiple Reception (CMR) capabilities to the company's Link 16 products. CMR enables a Link 16 radio to receive multiple messages simultaneously versus legacy radios that can only receive one message at a time.

The CMR features have been implemented in the latest version of the KOR-24A Small Tactical Terminal (STT), of which over 1,400 units have been fielded by the U.S. and International customers, as well as the AN/PRC-161 Battlefield Awareness and Targeting System – Dismounted (BATS-D) handheld Link 16 radio. The capabilities are also now integrated in the Viasat Move out / Jump off (MOJO) expeditionary tactical gateway system and Viasat's other embedded product lines.

Viasat's NDI-driven development processes will bring CMR Link 16 capabilities to products that provide users with access to simultaneous, resilient communications streams of mission-critical data. Viasat's CMR Link 16 capabilities will also allow U.S. military customers to both expand the number of units with direct digital access to tactical data while also addressing network congestion in order to adapt to emerging mission requirements and maintain a tactical edge across today's battlespace.

“Through our agile development processes and proven non-developmental item business model, Viasat is able to deliver a broad portfolio of next-generation Link 16 products that continue to address the urgent needs of today’s warfighter while also providing the technology and capabilities required to support the missions of tomorrow,” says Andy Kessler, vice president and business area director, Next Generation Tactical Datalinks, Viasat. “Rather than waiting for a Government mandate, Viasat took action to deliver advanced CMR capabilities that will provide U.S. military customers with the tactical edge needed to succeed across today’s battlespace.”


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