Cubic receives contract for Common Data Link split radio from US Navy’s SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific
Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS), a newly formed business division of San Diego, CA-based Cubic Corporation announced on July 6 a contract award worth nearly $1 million from U.S. Navy’s SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific for the delivery of switchable Common Data Link (CDL) split Above and Below Decks radio systems to support sustainment of the AN/USQ-167 Common Data Link System (CDLS).
The AN/USQ-167 CDLS is the U.S. Navy’s first CDL system to support all standard CDL interfaces to enable network-centric warfare. The CDLS is an extremely high-speed wideband datalink that transmits signal and image intelligence data between reconnaissance aircraft sensors and associated surface ship processing systems. The CDL split radio subsystems delivered under this contract will be installed on U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and will provide wideband secure ship-to-air communications.
“The U.S. Navy requires additional simultaneous CDL link capabilities on CVN aircraft carriers (nuclear-powered) to support battle group force protection and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations. With Cubic’s CDL split radios, the system will not only offer secure communications simultaneously to multiple aircraft per U.S. Navy requirements, but also pre-flight check-out capabilities to ensure successful operations,” said Mike Twyman, president of Cubic Mission Solutions. “As the proud supplier of the split Above and Below Decks radio system, in addition to the AN/USQ-167 CDLS, Cubic looks forward to working closely with SPAWAR to deliver advanced data link systems that ensure quick, accurate and secure distribution of ISR data.”
Cubic has been the provider of the U.S. Navy’s CDLS for SPAWAR since 2003. Cubic’s CDLS provides naval battle group commanders critical real-time ISR and force-protection information from multiple aircraft from any location around the battle group. It also provides 15 different high-bandwidth waveforms that can be transmitted to nearly all variant military aircraft.
Source: Cubic Corporation