The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 152 MIDS-JTRS tactical radio system support to Canada for an estimated cost of $44 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 29.
The Government of Canada has requested to buy 152 MIDS JTRS (Multifunctional Information Distribution System – Joint Tactical Radio System) with Remote Power Supply. Also included are spare cables and MIDS batteries; Link-16 mobile racks; diagnostic support tools; technical documentation; training and engineering technical support; and other related elements of logistics and program support.
Canada intends to upgrade its current inventory of CF-18 Aircraft, CC-130J, and the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Ground Stations with the purchase of these MIDS JTRS (5) terminals to be fully interoperable with U.S. and allied forces to support and compliment joint operations in a net-enabled environment; have modernized electronic protection and secure, jam-resistant wave forms; and be capable of improved Link 16 message exchange and information fidelity including support to advanced weapon employment.
The principal vendors for MIDS JTRS are Viasat, Incorporated, headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, and Data Link Solutions, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, IA.
MIDS JTRS is a 4-channel radio designed to run the complex Link 16 waveform and up to three additional communication protocols, including the Airborne Networking Waveform (ANW). The terminal will also be able to host and provide the necessary computer processing to run routing and platform specific applications, allowing for lower cost integration into host platforms.
By utilizing software applications for expanded capability, the MIDS JTRS terminal enables enhanced operational effectiveness without consuming additional space, weight or power.