Multifunctional Information Distribution System

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Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) is the NATO name for the communication component of Link-16.

One commonly used instantiation of an MIDS is the MIDS Low Volume Terminal (MIDS-LVT) which has been funded by the United States, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain and developed by MIDSCO, a joint venture by Thomson CSF, GEC, Siemens, Italtel, and Enosa. Another such terminal is the MIDS-JTRS (MIDS Joint Tactical Radio System), which is currently under development by the United States. An older MIDS is the JTIDS (Joint Tactical Information Distribution System). Currently, there are three production lines, which are competitors: ViaSat, Inc (USA), Data Link Solutions LLC (USA), and EuroMIDS (Europe).

Variations of MIDS-LVTs[1][2]
Families Terminal Type Specification Function interface Platforms
L×W×H [cm] Weight
[kg]
Max Power Output
[Watt]
Link-16
IJMS
Voice TACAN 1553 X.25 Ethernet
(3) MIDS-LVT(3)
USQ-140(V)3(C)
Term: 34×19×19
RPS: 34×6×19
Term: 16.8
RPS: 3.5
50 × × McDonnell Douglas F-15
Mitsubishi F-15J
UCAVs
(1) MIDS-LVT(1)
USQ-140(V)1(C) RT-1840
Term: 22.2
RPS: 6.5
200
(1000W with HPAG)
× × Platform D Northrop Grumman E-2D
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18
Eurofighter Typhoon
Dassault Rafale
MIDS-LVT(4)
USQ-140(V)1(C) RT-1841
Saab JAS 39
・Ground
MIDS-LVT(5)
USQ-140(V)5(C) RT-1841
・Maritime
AWACS
MIDS-LVT(6)
USQ-140(V)1(C) RT-1842
200 × Lockheed AC-130
General Dynamics F-16
MIDS-LVT(7)
USQ-140(V)1(C) RT-1843
Northrop Grumman B-2
(2)/(11) MIDS-LVT(2)
USQ-140(V)2(C) RT-1785
Term: 34×19×19
Overall: 63×33×21
Term: 17.4
PSA: 11.6
Cooling Unit: 4.6
Mounting Base: 3.1
× Platform J ・Ground forces
MIDS-LVT(11)
USQ-140(V)11(C) RT-1868
× TACP

References[edit]

  1. ^ Data Link Solutions LLC (2009). "DLS Platforms - Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ Data Link Solutions (2010). "DLS MIDS FDL". Retrieved January 2, 2012. 

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