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Data Link Solutions to deliver BAE Systems’ FireNet to US Navy

Posted 26 January 2024

The US Navy has awarded Data Link Solutions - a joint venture between BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins, Inc. - a contract to provide small form factor (SFF) Link 16 radios, which will be fulfilled using BAE Systems’ FireNet Link 16 tactical systems.

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FireNet is a scalable, secure and open system architecture communications solution with a unified tactical network to enable Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) operations.
Warfighters today operate in network-centric, information-intensive environments that demand wide data bandwidth, network diversity, and constant connectivity. Large volumes of accurate, reliable information need to be exchanged in real-time to maintain situational awareness. The FireNet system aims to deliver that edge with additional narrow, wide-band and tactical data link capabilities.
“We have developed a first-of-its kind small form factor system that enables full Link 16 connectivity. FireNet is scalable and modular to give our service men and women a battlefield advantage in network-centric environments across domains,” said Amber Dolan, director of Adaptive Communications and Sensing at BAE Systems. “Using the government’s program of record waveform, we can reduce lifecycle costs, quickly deliver updated capabilities, and enhance mission survivability across manned and unmanned fleets.”
The FireNet system is Crypto Modernisation 1 compliant and offers the highest transmit power available in a SFF radio for current and future fleets. The system addresses size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) demands and its applications can extend across rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned vehicles, maritime vessels and space platforms. It enables additional line-of-sight voice, data and network communications from very high frequency to S-Band.
With more than two decades of expertise in the radio market, BAE Systems’ narrowband and broadband communication technologies span airborne, maritime and ground applications across the radio frequency and visible spectrum. These battle-proven, highly-reliable systems also feature multiband, secure anti-jam voice, data imagery transmission and network-capable communications. The company’s family of products merges the latest generation wideband, high speed hardware and software technologies to provide warfighters with the communication solutions they need in the modern battlefield.
Work on the FireNet system will take place at BAE Systems’ Wayne, New Jersey, Austin, Texas, Fort Wayne, Indiana and Hudson, New Hampshire sites. Qualification and certification will begin in 2024.





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