The Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) uses Link-16 equipment for voice and data exchange of data. With the MIDS Low Volume Terminal (LVT) information is exchanged between fighter planes, helicopters, ships and installations on the ground. SurCom tests, maintains and integrates the Low Volume Terminal (LVT) products in the Netherlands for Viasat. In addition, so-called Block Upgrades are also performed by SurCom. The LVT is a system that is built into the various platforms.

New is the robust Small Tactical Terminal (STT). The STT is used in the mobile domain, such as on vehicles, helicopters, UAVs and small vessels. It offers the user a Link-16 channel and two tactical channels (VHF / UHF). Because of the small size this fits everywhere.

In addition to Tactical Data Links, VIASAT is also pre-eminently a supplier of satellite communication systems. This can vary from mobile systems to ground station, from broadband satellite capacity for civil applications to UHF Tacsat systems for military applications.

For specific product information see the product catalog.

Or visit the website of Viasat.

STT in comparison to LVT1


Another new feature is the Battlefield Awareness & Targeting System Dismounted (BATS-D). This radio combines the air and ground picture on a handheld Link-16 radio. The ViaSat BATS-D gives the mobile user direct access to real-time Link-16 communication (on foot or on board). The BATS-D can be worn in an ops-vest, handheld, or mounted in a vehicle. Special operations forces, expeditionary forces and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) are thus given easy access to typical Link-16 information. The terminal provides access to situational awareness data and provides secure, reliable target and position information. The exceptionally favorable SWaP makes the BATS-D very useful for outgoing troops.