Cubic Awarded Contract to Deliver Sharklink Systems for US Navy

Cubic Corporation announced its Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division was awarded a contract to deliver Sharklink systems to the U.S. Navy.

The sole source, five year contract, worth approximately $9 million, for the production of Communication Data Link System –Technical Refresh (CDLS-TR) equipment was awarded by the Navy’s Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR).

The Sharklink system are for use on two U.S. Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs). Sharklink is a high-performance, surface data terminal that supports secure, long range high data rate communications with airborne and shipboard platforms.

“Cubic’s Sharklink system will extend the U.S. Navy CVN capability to simultaneously communicate with multiple manned and unmanned aircraft operating within the battlegroup,” said Mike Twyman, president of Cubic Mission Solutions. “This is a key contract win for us and we look forward to working closely with NAVWAR to field the system on the CVNs.”

Sharklink has a flexible architecture to support growth for up to eight simultaneous links and a software defined radio architecture to support current and future CDL waveforms planned for use by the U.S. Navy. Sharklink’s real-time imagery, full-motion video, audio and sensor data are instantly available to provide ships with the detailed information they need for operations ranging from humanitarian relief to surface combat.

Cubic Sharklink System
Cubic Sharklink system. Cubic Photo.

This contract is a follow-on to the development contract which Cubic was awarded in 2017. The initial Sharklink systems are currently being installed on the Nimit-class CVNs, USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).

Sharklink is part of the U.S. Navy’s CDL system of systems. In addition to Sharklink, Cubic is also fielding other CDL equipment for the MQ-8C Fire Scout, MH-60S Knighthawk, MQ-25 Stingray, F-35 and the TacMobile portable systems.



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